COVID-19 has had a substantial impact on philanthropy and the way it does business. In the wake of this global pandemic, foundations took immediate action to do more – pledging to support nonprofit partners, people and communities hit hardest by the impacts of the virus. As time prevails, this collective accountability effort continues to shift practices around the world and improve how foundations work with their nonprofit partners and respond in times of disaster.
However, foundations who work globally face unique challenges such as legal restrictions in both the US and abroad that make grantmaking a rigid process. Moreover, listening to and learning from communities thousands of miles away can be challenging, and providing general operating support is not always possible.
To highlight both the opportunities and the challenges global foundations face in shifting their practices, we are sharing blogs throughout the Fall from global funders who strive to do better despite the barriers.