Stanford Social Innovation Review | Fall 2009
Catalytic philanthropy offers an approach in which donors take a structured, active role in addressing some of the world’s biggest challenges.
- Funders can become the key to establishing impact by shifting the responsibility from nonprofits to themselves.
- Philanthropists must listen to and work with others, enabling stakeholders to develop their own solutions.
Systemic change depends on a sustained campaign to increase the capacity and coordination of an entire field.
Donors achieve impact by taking responsibility for making progress on an issue; engaging others in a campaign; using tools beyond grantmaking; and creating actionable knowledge.