Data for impact: good data for improved social learning. Data is integral to how funders, grantmakers and philanthropic organisations collaborate, make informed decisions, and learn about their impact. In this blog – the second of two reflection pieces on data for strategic giving, we focus on how data and social learning can help advance philanthropy.
Data for action: good data for better decisions.
Data has immense potential in informing grantmakers and philanthropic organisations on the needs of today and how best to respond to them. Given the significant role of data in philanthropy it is crucial to facilitate and promote data-driven strategic philanthropic giving.
With rising energy prices and the danger of deepening poverty, grantmakers and funders alike, will be faced with making hard choices between the initiatives that equally need their support across a wide range of impact areas including poverty community development, mental health, wellbeing, and children welfare, among others.
On December 1st, the Department of Rural and Community Development hosted a consultation workshop to inform the advancement of a National Philanthropy Policy. It was held in advance of the 10th International Conference of the European Research Network on Philanthropy (ERNOP) being hosted by the Sutherland School of Law at University College Dublin (UCD), in partnership with Trinity College Dublin (TCD) and Philanthropy Ireland (PI).
These are the words which resonate on many levels from the discussions at our recent philanthropy symposium. From developing policy for philanthropy to engaging with philanthropy – private or corporate, to building understanding and awareness of giving, or acting on hope that things can be different – it was all about the now!
As we move into a post-COVID context, funders across Ireland are asking how to navigate the changing landscape. It’s no secret that donors’ expectations have evolved. They want to know where their money is going, and how much of it is spent on the cause to which they donated.
Why Policy for Philanthropy is Policy for Good
The unforeseen challenges and deep uncertainties experienced over the last almost 18 months continue to impact and will do so for some time to come. Collectively as a society we face testing times, as post-pandemic we strive to address needs emerging in addition to those remaining unaddressed from pre pandemic times.
According to a newly launched report by Rethink Ireland, the Covid-19 pandemic has had a disadvantageous effect on women’s economic mobility. The report ‘The Impact of Covid-19 on Women’s Economic Mobility’ was launched on June 7th, 2021.
“When we invest in women and girls, we are investing in the people who invest in everyone else.”— Melinda Gates ‘Ahead of her time’ is a phrase frequently used in respect of what many women have achieved across various fields of activity. In the field of philanthropy in Ireland, it most definitely applies to Katharine Howard. […]