The strategic framework central to Giving Connect is called a Theory of Change.
A Theory of Change is a logical, clear narrative about the change or impact you wish to achieve through your giving, why this impact is needed and how you intend to go about creating this impact. It helps you build a Giving Strategy that articulates the broad goal of your philanthropy and the actions you can take, or partners you can support, to work toward your goal.
The problem your foundation wants to help overcome
The actions that would contribute to the goal
The outcomes that are created from these activities
The Broad Goal
The goal your foundation wants to contribute to
The steps of Giving Connect
Giving Connect consists of 5 stages, where you and those involved in your giving will complete the following steps:
Online Giving Questions
To start forming an idea of the impact your philanthropic team would like to have
Giving Strategy Workshop
A session to work with us and create the first version of your team’s Giving Strategy, based on a Theory of Change
Iterations of your Strategy
We’ll take the draft Giving Strategy away and build on it, refine it and send it to you for final feedback
Final Giving Strategy
We’ll provide you with the final version and a Connect Kit that help you use your Giving Strategy to make decisions
12 month check in
After using the Strategy for a while, we’ll check in to see how it’s going and help with any adjustments!
Designed by philanthropists for philanthropists
Giving Connect was co-designed with many different philanthropists, from family foundations to individual donors. By learning from their experience and prototyping different versions of Giving Connect with donors, we were able to build a service that is tailored to donors needs and enables the creation of a strategy that works for them.
Giving Connect will continue to respond to what works best for donors. When you take part in Giving Connect, we look forward to learning from your feedback and ideas.
When you take part in Giving Connect, the first step is for those involved in your giving to think about the impact they would like to contribute to, and their motivations.
The Giving Questions will help each person answer these big questions. The questions will take approximately 15 minutes to answer, and may spark some important conversations. Click the button below to start.