Widespread Empathy: 5 Steps to Achieving Greater Impact in Philanthropy

Many people inside and outside of philanthropy express concerns that grantmakers are disconnected from their communities and from the organizations they support, as well as the people whom those organizations serve. Widespread empathy is the antidote to this malady. In philanthropic organizations that have widespread empathy, every single person — not just program officers, but the entire board and executive leadership, finance, HR, communications, administrative staff and others — has an immediate sense of the true needs, concerns and priorities of grantees and communities and what solutions will best meet those needs.

Co-published with Jump Associates, this guide builds on GEO’s stakeholder engagement work to look more deeply at how grantmakers can develop a more thorough, gut-level understanding of community needs and the work of grantees.

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