How we fund

TAI offers a platform for candid, constructive exchange around grantmaking practices. Our members learn from each other and hold each other accountable to be more inclusive, equitable, innovative, and effective grantmakers.

We supports partners to harness transparency, participation and accountability for the public good, and these are also our values we want to live by.

How we fund

Partner support

We help donor members work together to improve grant making practice and
boost collective impact. Specifically, TAI aims to accomplish the following:

Collaborate on selected projects, initiatives, and campaigns that require greater collective action and attention.

Enhance diversity, equity and inclusion practices in our own foundations and in our partners.

Exchange experiences and test ways to enable more equitable funder-grantee relationships.

Expand the proportion of our grantees receiving flexible support.

Improve our use of both financial and nonfinancial tools

Learn from each other (and other nonmember funders) to inform our strategy designs, explore complementarities, and test assumptions

Let the TAI Secretariat know how we can help.

Funder exits

Funders regularly adapt their strategies, which often prompt investment in new issue areas, but also the tough decision to scale back or fully wind down funding for existing portfolios. These funding “exits” are a painful reality, especially for impacted grantees, but also other funders of that field. However, they can be managed in responsible ways.

TAI members use our platform to regularly discuss how to handle exits, to encourage good practice, and to manage the knock on effects for a field. We have been trying to document learnings as in this blog. Are you planning a funding exit? Interested in how other funder approaches? Donʼt hesitate to get in touch.

Participatory Strategy

TAI offers a platform for candid, constructive exchange around grantmaking practices. Our members learn from each other and hold each other accountable to be more inclusive, equitable, innovative, and effective grantmakers.

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Transparency and Accountability Initiative Resources

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Blogs
Based on the interview with Romy Krämer, the managing director of the Guerilla Foundation on 10th of May 2023
Eszter Filippinyi from the Transparency and Accountability Initiative (TAI) asked Romy Krämer about the Guerrilla Foundation's trajectory in shifting its organizational structure to redistribute power. We share some of the conversation highlights below.
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Blogs
#Notes: TAI Funder Call Community Philanthropy in South America: The Case of Socio-Environmental Funds.
TAI held a funder call with three representatives of South American socio-environmental funds to learn more about their model and challenges: Maria Amália Souza, Founder of Casa Socio-Environmental Fund (Brazil), Juan Camilo Mira, Coordinator of Emerger Socio-Environmental Fund (Colombia) and Eduardo Franco, President of Semilla Socio-Environmental Foundation (Bolivia).
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Blogs
What makes for a healthy information ecosystem? New visual tool
TAI has partnered with Dr. Courtney Radsch to map out a vision of what makes for a healthy information ecosystem. This visual and supporting explanation is an analytical tool that shows multidimensional aspects of an information ecosystem that can be used at various levels of analysis.
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