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Catalytic Philanthropy

The FSG Story

We are often asked how FSG started, what FSG stands for, and how the organization has changed over the years. This post gives an overview of FSG’s history. 


In 1999, Harvard Business Review published “... Read more

FSG Feb 22, 2016

Fostering Systems Change


How can foundations be more effective practitioners of systems change in a complex, inter-connected, and fast-changing world? In a new post on Stanford Social Innovation Review, FSG's Srik Gopal and John Kania discuss 5 simple rules for foundations seeking to create lasting... Read more

FSG Nov 20, 2015

What is Catalytic Philanthropy?

How do you go beyond mere grantmaking to create significant change in a community like Dallas or on an issue like youth substance abuse? The answer is catalytic philanthropy.

Mark Kramer first used the term in... Read more

FSG Nov 4, 2015

What to Stop Doing—Immediately

As we are learning more about our audience through feedback on our recent survey and other channels, we’re hearing that social impact practitioners like you have an overwhelming appetite for advice. When you’re solving the world’s toughest problems, the stakes are high and no one wants to waste... Read more

FSG Oct 5, 2015

New Resource: Systems Change Guide from NPC

System Leadership is a topic that FSG has been thinking about and writing about in the past few years – but we are by no means the only ones. We have a lot to learn from our clients, colleagues, and other organizations in the space. Here's one resource that caught our eye: ... Read more

FSG Aug 3, 2015