Is your organization supporting program partners through systems approaches to philanthropy?
Whether a funder aims for incremental change, reform, or full-fledged transformation rests on a variety of factors, including the preferences of the board and senior leadership, the time horizon on which the organization operates, and the resources available for different types of grantmaking. Regardless of the particular strategic approach adopted, however, the following set of diagnostic considerations should help to clarify the degree to which a funder is systems-oriented in its giving and program planning. For each of these dozen statements, consider whether a given organization’s staff and partners would agree, and how strongly. If the response tends to be “strongly agree”, then the organization has likely embraced a systemic approach. Ambivalence in responses should not be discouraging, however, as seeing opportunities for change is the first step in implementing change.
Note: Insights from this survey will be used to inform future Scaling Solutions toward Shifting Systems research. To learn more about the initiative, please visit www.rockpa.org/project/scaling-solutions.