Deep Dive: Why Does Listening Matter?

  • Thursday, May 19, 2022
  • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Webinar


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FPN is excited to continue conversation from a very popular session from our recent Statewide Summit on Philanthropy with our full membership. 

Join us for this follow-up discussion on listening and feedback in the nonprofit sector. We will provide an overview for those who could not attend the session and then dive deeper into the subject:

Why Does Listening Matter?

As discussed at the Summit, Fund for Shared Insight, Listen4Good, and a growing number of funders, nonprofits, and partners across philanthropy are working to promote listening and feedback practices that elevate client voice, especially voices that because of systemic and structural racism have been least heard.

Our experience demonstrates that high-quality feedback loops help create trusting relationships that lead to more inclusive practices and more authentic client partnerships with impact that can be seen and felt by everyone involved. When people’s perspectives and concerns are respected and responded to in a well-defined, equitable, and systematic way, it can lead to better outcomes and advance equity and justice.

During this session, we will go deeper into learning how to do feedback right, exploring how to integrate essential listening practices into the important work we do together with the people and communities we seek to serve.

About the Speaker

Mari Kuraishi
President, Jessie Ball duPont Fund

Mari Kuraishi leads the Jessie Ball duPont Fund's efforts to create communities of belonging for the places and institutions that Jessie Ball duPont knew and loved by fostering inclusive growth and reducing structural and systemic barriers to resources and opportunity.

Prior to joining the Fund, Mari co-founded the groundbreaking crowdfunding philanthropy site GlobalGiving with Dennis Whittle, and served as President until 2018. GlobalGiving connects donors with grassroots projects around the world, providing a vetting platform for donors and training and education for nonprofits.

In 2011, Mari was named one of Foreign Policy’s top 100 Global Thinkers for “crowdsourcing worldsaving.” Prior to founding GlobalGiving, she worked at the World Bank where she created and managed some of the Bank’s most innovative loans and programs, including founding its innovation engine, the Development Marketplace.

Managing Director, Fund for Shared Insight

Melinda guides and facilitates Fund for Shared Insight’s operations, communications, grantmaking, evaluation, and more. As an independent consultant to senior leadership at philanthropic organizations around the country, Melinda promotes, crafts, and implements strategies for effective philanthropy. Prior to starting her consulting practice in 2003, Melinda co-founded and ran REDF, a social-venture capital fund; served as a manager at a national healthcare nonprofit; and worked as a management consultant. She enthusiastically brings her combination of business, leadership, evaluation, and management skills to helping mission-oriented organizations meet their goals, care for people, and better the world in which we live.

This program is free and open to all FPN Members. Please join us!

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