Many philanthropists don’t seriously consider the sustainability of social programs, while public funds often go to projects with no proven record. To be more effective, philanthropists should fund more early scaling efforts, and then hand off successful projects to public payers.
Grantmakers and nonprofit leaders at the Donors Forum—an annual convening in Illinois to advance social change institutions—discuss the real cost of running an effective nonprofit and why it is essential for grantmakers to support indirect costs.
Funders want to create big change by using networks for social impact. But where to start?