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Contribute to our global scan on philanthropic responses to COVID-19

Published Date: 20 May 2020

Over the next couple of months, SIX will be putting together a short global scan highlighting some of the most innovative ways in which philanthropic organisations around the world are pivoting in order to support their grantees and wider communities now and in the future. 

This inquiry will focus on how foundations around the world are responding to COVID-19 in terms of three different time horizons. We are asking questions about what foundations are doing in the immediacy of now, how they are moving into the recovery phase, and how these changes might be signals for the future.

These snapshots will be disseminated through exclusive publication partners in the global North and South and will be followed by two virtual learning exchanges with representatives from different regions to discuss these interventions and others. A short provocation will focus on what we can learn from these initiatives as we think about the future and the future role of foundations in society. 

We hope to create a follow up to this scan in 6 - 12 months, which will show how many of the crisis responses have sustained past the initial crisis and have been integrated into longer-term strategies. 

We invite our network to share reflections on the following question: 

What plans and changes have you seen in the way funders are dispersing their resources? What is likely to stick as we move into recovery phase and beyond?

Please get in touch at to share your thoughts on this question, or more widely around philanthropy and crisis responses. Or feel free to reply directly to this thread on Twitter.