What if… we were all more open? Open to the latest ideas, open to listening to others, and open to sharing what we have learnt? How much more could we achieve? How many more could we help?
This is the question at the heart of our new Open Philanthropy programme at NPC. We define Open Philanthropy as being transparent (outwardly open) and inclusive (inwardly open).
It may appear paradoxical to suggest that philanthropy can ever be open and inclusive. After all, philanthropy involves harnessing private wealth for societal benefit. But many funders are now wrestling with how they can be more inclusive – how they can be part of the solution rather than the problem when it comes to a lack of diversity and inclusion in society’s power structures.
What could that look like? We’re all so immersed in current practices, norms, and behaviours that it can be hard to imagine very different alternatives. But philanthropy could be very different!
As we head into another tough winter, now feels like the right time to build on what we’ve learnt from the pandemic so far, and explore how being more open can make giving more effective. If we design inclusivity into a project from the start, would we make a bigger strategic impact as a result?
We aim to find out.