Save the Children
Fall Innovative Philanthropy Fellow (Agriculture)
As a consequence of unprecedented worldwide wealth accumulation and the rise of new philanthropists over the last two decades, institutional foundations' giving (such as Ford Foundation, The Rockefeller Foundation and Carnegie Foundation) has declined as a percentage of the overall philanthropic marketplace along with their influence to bring about social change. As new wealth within the United States and across the world flows to philanthropy, the philanthropists themselves are changing. New philanthropic leaders—living donors—are often self-made entrepreneurs and investors who bring an aggressive, innovative orientation to their philanthropy. These “impatient optimists” are often willing to experiment, write big checks, and be disruptive in their approach.
As a result, in recent years we have seen several traditional foundations make dramatic breaks from past ways of working. Some are doing so by reimagining giving and joining these impatient optimists utilizing a “big-bets” approach and committing significant resources to tackling a well-defined problem. We define big bets not merely as one-shot large grants, but commitments that require focus on a targeted set of outcomes connected to time-bound milestones, as well as identifying a set of leaders who are entrusted with these outcomes. Big bets can be driven by one philanthropy or by a collaborative venture; similarly, they can be granted to one organization or many. They are gifts of typically $10 million or more and often launched via a competitive process. At their core, big bets are aimed at achieving transformational social change.
Save the Children is embarking on a strategy to become “big-bettable.” We are seeking the support of an Innovative Philanthropy Fellow to help research and inform our strategy to secure big-bet awards.
Essential Duties, Responsibilities and Impact
What's In It for You
Classification: Paid Fellow
Part-time: 16-20 hours per week
Dates: September 24-December 6, 2019
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