The Importance Of Taking Risks In Philanthropy

There’s a general recognition that large-scale philanthropy has underperformed. This suggests we need more risk taking, more entrepreneurial approaches and more vision. – Mitchel Kapor (Brodbeck, 2011, para. 4) Philanthropy provides us with the opportunity to seek out innovative solutions to complex societal problems. Exploring new ideas, testing new approaches, and engaging in a cycle…

How Funders Are Supporting Social Innovation: Three Examples From The Youth Sector

Practices of innovation are not uncommon in communities, particularly in the social sector where there is a need to innovate to provide new solutions to address pressing local problems. Microfinance, the use of alternate governance models, and the development of social enterprises are some examples of social innovation. According to the Kellogg Foundation, such innovation…

Emergence Of The Youth-led Sector

Introduction A number of years ago, another foundation colleague and I were discussing the emerging youth-led sector. Or, rather, I was trying to explain that there was an emerging youth-led sector and why this was exciting. The notion did not sit well with my colleague, who couldn’t get her head around who, why, and what…