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Aligning for Impact- a view from global foundations

Published Date: 23 March 2018

Introduction

The challenges our societies face are growing in scale and complexity. No single organisation is able to solve these challenges alone. Not even foundations are reaching this challenge, despite their unique positioning and ability to take more risks and invest in a longer time frame.

There is, however, a rise in popularity of collective impact approaches and global collective efforts, like the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), that demonstrate a turning point. Organisations are beginning to understand that collective action is needed; one that expands beyond sectors and levels within the systems.

Our individual capacities are limited compared to the scale of the problems. And despite knowing we need to work together, it doesn’t make it any easier in practice.

This is why we brought together senior representatives from 18 global foundations and leading thinkers for a retreat focusing on this topic in August 2017 on Wasan Island in Canada. Together, we explored what works, what doesn’t, practical frameworks, approaches and stories of how to shift organisations, cultures and mind-sets.

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