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2019 Philanthropy Outlook – Clarity & Collaboration

A SDG framework for philanthropy strategy could facilitate more collaboration to achieve systems change and enduring impact at scale.

Collaboration could increase if philanthropists and foundation boards

  • rethink priorities and clarify alignment of the foundation’s grantmaking strategy with the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
  • identify partners that will support the most impactful interventions
  • review how aligned foundation investment strategy is with the SDGs

Clarifying priorities

Civil society can direct grant making to reduce emissions by:

  • Supporting initiatives advocating clean energy production
  • Maintaining and expanding carbon sinks, such as forests
  • Land-use systems encouraging improved soil and livestock management
  • Supporting initiatives advocating sustainable real estate construction
  • Supporting initiatives encouraging more sustainable lifestyles, less waste and more recycling

Aligning philanthropy strategy with the SDGs

The framework below can be used to frame the conversation around philanthropy strategy. While Arts & Culture does not have a separate SDG, it can be creatively allocated within the SDG framework.

Identifying partners and collaborations

Selection criteria to identify implementation partners include: strategy which can be scaled, track record of impact; strong governance framework; strong leadership, long-term sustainability and collaborative capacity.

Inspiring collaboration models include the AO Alliance, partnering to care for the injured and reducing preventable disability in LMICs in Africa and Asia, The Wyss Campaign for Natureand

Aligning investment strategy with the SDGs

SDGs represent a global consensus on long-term sustainability goals – if this framework is applied to private and corporate investment portfolios and direct investments, investment decisions will support achievement of the goals. SDGs can be used to map a values-driven investment strategy and measure real impact at the investment portfolio or project level. It is imperative now more than any other time in history that civil society collaborates with government, implementation partners, community groups and the private sector to develop a climate-resilient, zero-carbon economy in a way that is in harmony with nature.