Unleashing Foundations’ Special Powers

By Suzanne Siskel and Anna-Nanine Pond

Courtesy of www.alliancemagazine.org

How powerful are foundations relative to other actors in society? With few exceptions, foundations and NGOs pale in size, programme scope and budgets beside governments, international development agencies and multinational corporations. Yet, too often, grantmakers act as if the limited transactional clout of giving away money affords them special power. To achieve anything of substance, foundations should consider themselves as actors within an evolving social change ecosystem.

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