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Approaches to Funding Social Innovation in Africa – Audio

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Audio – Discussion of funding strategy use by Draper Richards Kaplan and the Skoll Foundationto support social innovation in Africa. Topics include grantmaking models, ideal characteristics in leaders and organizations, and lessons learned in funding in Africa. What types of organization is a good candidate for social innovation funding in an African context and what a funder seeking to support social innovation projects in Africa should consider is discussed. 

Speakers:  Anne Marie Burgoyne, Portfolio Director, Draper Richard Kaplan Foundation

David Rothschild, Principal, Portfolio Team, Skoll Foundation

Moderator:  Talaya Grimes, Communication and Program Manager, Africa Grantmakers’ Affinity Group

Date: Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Anne Marie Burgoyne, Portfolio Director, Draper Richard Kaplan Foundation discusses the Foundation’s social innovation funding focus on helping nonprofit social entrepreneurs  build the capacity of their organizations during early phase.  

David Rothschild, Principal, Portfolio Team, Skoll Foundation discusses the Foundation’s support of social innovation through the Skoll Awards for Social Entrepreneurship given to a organization that can demonstrate they can scale their impact and create system change.   

Q&A:  Is there a limit to the number of organizations you can support at one time?

Q&A: What are the challenges you are facing in your work of supporting social innovation in Africa?

Q&A:  What is the profile of a potential grantee in Africa that your foundations would find appealing?

Q&A: If a donor is using a local on-the-ground NGO in Africa to locate social innovation organizations to support, how could the donor best leverage this relationship?

Speaker:  Anne Marie Burgoyne, Portfolio Director, Draper Richard Kaplan Foundation

Q&A: How do you address the issue of keeping talent at the social innovation organizations in Africa that you are supporting? Is it possible to adjust your success models to the context of the country you are supporting organizations in versus determining success based on US business or US nonprofit success models? How are you getting more funders to consider supporting social innovation?