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The Global Scan

The Global Scan on Philanthropic Responses to COVID 19 (and its effects) 

As COVID-19 started to take hold of countries and regions around the world in Spring 2020, SIX began developing a global scan exploring the most innovative ways in which philanthropic organisations around the world have been pivoting in order to support grantees and communities now and in the future.

We wanted to better understand the picture of global philanthropic responses to COVID-19 and its effects, across time and space - not just in Europe or North America. We were interested in the how more than the what, how many of these changes were good or would stick, who did they benefit, and what would these changes mean for the way funders operate in the future?

In the link below you can navigate to find stories, insights and provocations that we’ve developed as a result of this work.

Click here to explore the global scan outcomes.


If you would like to offer some feedback, be introduced to some of your peers, or start a conversation about how you could join the global conversation and community, please email We’d love to hear from you!

With special thanks to:
  1. Aga Khan Foundation (AGKF), Kenya

  2. Beautiful Foundation (BF), South Korea

  3. Bedford and Luton Community Foundation (BLCF), UK

  4. BMW Foundation, Germany

  5. CAF Russia, Russia

  6. Firetree Trust, Singapore

  7. Global Fund for Community Foundations (GFCF), South Africa

  8. Gulbenkian Foundation, UK

  9. Haiti Community Foundation, Haiti

  10. Headwaters Management, USA

  11. ICE, Brazil

  12. Innovation Edge (IE), South Africa

  13. Kate Frykberg (KF), New Zealand

  14. Kilimani Project Foundation (Kilimani), Kenya

  15. Kindred Credit Union, USA

  16. Lemann Foundation, Brazil

  17. McConnell Foundation, Canada

  18. Nesta Italia, Italy

  19. Open Society Foundation (OSF), USA

  20. Reconstruction Women's Fund (RWF), Serbia

  21. Robert Bosch Foundation, Germany

  22. Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), US

  23. Star Ghana Foundation, Ghana

  24. Suncor Energy Foundation, Canada

  25. Twikatane Community Foundation, Zambia/UK

  26. Whitman Institute, USA

  27. Zambia Governance Foundation, Zambia