GlobalGiving is a nonprofit that supports other nonprofits by connecting them to donors and companies. Since 2002, they have helped trusted community-led organizations across the world to access the tools, training and support they need to make our world a better place. It’s an organization that continues to evolve and improve. And here to tell us how and in what ways, it’s a pleasure to have Alix Guerrier, the chief executive officer of GlobalGiving.
The events of the past year have shined a light on the way that philanthropy and impact investing is conducted. It comes as no surprise that decision-makers tend to be disproportionately white, male, and from backgrounds of privilege, and decisions tend to be made in a closed and opaque fashion. But there’s another story that’s unfolding – one where funders have chosen to cede decision-making power to people with lived experience of the problem at hand. And that story is told in an exceptional book titled Letting Go: How Philanthropists and Impact Investors Can Do More Good by Giving Up Control. And it’s a pleasure to have here with us its co-author, Meg Massey.
Just about every challenge a nonprofit faces has been faced by someone else before, and that other someone has made all the usual mistakes, learned as it went along, and ultimately figured out what they needed to do. Arguably, the biggest challenge nonprofits face today is disruption – and on an unprecedented scale. And the other someone in this case is not another nonprofit, but the music industry.
My next guest says there’s a lot we can learn from the experiences of the modern music industry, and he has put it all down in a book. He is Will Page, the former chief economist at Spotify and author of Tarzan Economics: Eight Principles for Pivoting Through Disruption.
Tech for social impact had lots of momentum before the pandemic, and that will only accelerate as a result of COVID-19. To no one’s surprise, on the leading edge of this movement is Microsoft. And it’s a pleasure to have with us, Justin Spelhaug, Vice President and Head of Tech for Social Impact at Microsoft.