Do we need bolder leadership in philanthropy?

4 February 2016

Generosity Magazine asked leaders "Do we need bolder leadership in philanthropy?". According to the group, the resounding answer was 'Yes'. 
The Funding Network Chair, Andrew Tyndale, and Co-founder and CEO, Lisa Cotton, shared their perspectives.

"Yes, I believe we need risk-takers to back things that might not work. For example, let’s trial neuro-plasticity in men’s behavioural change programs for domestic violence. Nothing else is working, and NP has had some strong successes in other fields. Innovation always involves the risk of the unknown…but it just might work!" - Andrew Tyndale, Chair, The Funding Network

"Yes, we do. I would love to see individuals and foundations become less risk averse, share insights, demonstrate some flexibility and take a long-term funding horizon approach. External influences on the non-profit sector have been a shifting target for some time with significant changes in government policy. Some of those who were supported by government are now turning to philanthropy to continue to deliver their services. This is putting strain on an already highly competitive funding environment and severely limiting innovation. There’s enormous potential for funding innovation such as the Dusseldorp Forum’s Case for Inclusive Learning Systems Report that aims to move the national conversation from what isn’t working in education to what is. These types of initiatives are highly effective because the funders behind them are educated, courageous and are prepared to take responsibility. We also need bolder leadership in advocating giving to motivate others to follow. The Funding Network is about celebrating the joy of giving, however there is still a limited number of role models who have the opportunity to talk publicly about how and why they give." - Lisa Cotton, Co-founder and CEO, The Funding Network

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