Disrupting the Funding System
Julie Menter, Josh Lucido, Nitika Raj, and Jackie Mahendra (moderator)
Over the past year, we’ve seen immense disruption in the civic tech space, but funding these innovations is stretching philanthropy in exciting and sometimes uncomfortable ways. Even more transparent and responsive models for funding – from open calls to prototype funds and fellowships – have their own sets of challenges. For example: Are you prepared to review hundreds or even thousands of applications? How can we support the applicants who aren’t making it through these incredibly competitive pitch processes? Are there best practices for engaging grantees and practitioners in investment decisions? Come talk with some of the most disruptive funders in civic engagement, and dig into strategies and approaches that can help you upgrade your grant-making.