By Sindhu Knotz
The Giving Practice
On Friday March 23rd, I attended the Philanthropy Northwest program: “Reflections on Philanthropy from Today’s Leaders-Widespread Empathy: 5 Steps to Achieving Greater Impact in Philanthropy” held at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Presenters Udaya Patnaik, founder and principal at Jump Associates, Paul Beaudet, associate director at the Wilburforce Foundation, and Heather Peeler, vice president of programs at Grantmakers for Effective Organizations provided some great examples of how foundations can build empathy into their work, and why it is important to do so.
According to a report by Jump Associates and GEO, below are the 5 Steps to achieving greater impact in philanthropy.
1) Make it about others, not about you
2) Get out of the office
3) Bring the outside in
4) Invest in what it takes
5) Lead from the top
Thank you to the session co-sponsors Nancy Bell Evans Center on Nonprofits & Philanthropy, Social Venture Partners, and Washington Women’s Foundation for a lively conversation.
Sofia Michelakis, Social Ventures Partners, shared some of her reflections with us:
“As I was sitting in the “Widespread Empathy” education session this morning listening to Paul Beaudet of Wilburforce talk about hiring staff who themselves had been grantseekers to help build empathy into their organization, I had a flashback to one of my first nonprofit jobs.” Read more from Sofia…
Below are video clips of the presentation:
[We apologize that the audio is not well synched in these videos.]
Suzanne Walsh, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, introduces the concept of widespread empathy.
Udaya Patnaik from Jump Associates talks about how widespread empathy is a driver for growth and success in organizations.
Udaya Patnaik continues to talk about empathy in business – in this section, examples of how lack of empathy can get you into trouble.
Udaya Patnaik concludes his presentation with a discussion about how the lessons learned about empathy in the business world can be adapted to the foundation and nonprofit world.
Paul Beaudet, Wilburforce Foundation, describes how they implement the principles of empathy in their work with grantees.