Despite the protests of generations of economists, recent neurological and psychological research shows that human decisions come from our heart, not from our head. In small decisions, like which jam to buy, and large ones, like whom to marry, we are more often swayed by our psycho-social circuitry than by rational thought. For social changemakers,…

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Are You Uncomfortable? You’re Welcome.

Early in my career I was working in Kampala, Uganda on a development project. One day I walked past a little girl, about age 3 or 4, sitting cross-legged on the street in tattered clothes under the hot sun, with her hand out for money, eyes closed, not moving an inch. A similar-looking slightly older…

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Listen up! National RFP on Nonprofit Listening

Hi everyone. This is an exciting announcement for nonprofits and funders interested in building the practice of listening to the people you seek to help. If you are a Packard Foundation grantee who is interested in this support, please get in touch with your program officer soon! What is Listen for Good? Listen for Good…

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An Under-Tapped Source of Insight: Listening to the People We Seek to Help

“What does the evidence say?” is a common question in nonprofit and foundation work. We have ever more sources of information to measure progress indicators and ultimate intended outcomes. But sometimes, even with all these data, it’s easy to overlook a centrally important source of insight right in front of us – feedback from the…

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We’re Listening!

Thank you to our nonprofit partners who participated in the Grantee Perception Report® (GPR) survey. We are listening and find your feedback valuable in improving our grantmaking practices so that our work together can be even more impactful.

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