By Mary Beth Gallagher, The William Hinman Foundation
As a global grant maker at the recent ASF 2012 National Conference, it was exciting to meet other foundations engaged in international work. It was valuable to get into detail at key panel discussions on global networking and to explore how to leverage opportunities in global philanthropy.
Below are a few takeaways that will help guide my work at The William Hinman Foundation, which supports community-based development through grantmaking inspired by Buddhist principles. I would also love to keep the conversation going, so feel free to contact me at Gallagher@hinmanfoundation.org.
- Grant dollars go a lot further when given overseas. Small grants can have a proportionately larger impact when given overseas rather than at home. This is due to the resourcefulness of grantee partners as well as the lower cost of goods and services overseas.
I heard many great stories about programs that creatively used limited resources to increase access to healthcare, address land tenure issues, or increase social entrepreneurship. If it fits within your foundation’s mission, adding an international small grants portfolio could significantly increase the impact of your work. Continue reading