Funder Learning

Supporting funders in learning about equitable funding relationships and social justice philanthropy

Funder Learning


Funders continue to be integral to The Social Innovation Forum’s mission and work. SIF is proud to partner with a network of funders who support SIF and our innovators in catalyzing meaningful change.

To do this work effectively, equitably and sustainably, we must engage in continuous learning. Funder Learning has been a foundational element of SIF’s partnerships with funders across the sector. In 2022, SIF officially launched the program and set out a vision to create a more equitable philanthropic landscape focused on building meaningful relationships. It is our mission for funders to be more trusted and trusting partners to community-led nonprofit organizations, and to promote equity and justice in all aspects.

SIF also recognizes that we have a responsibility to engage in continuous learning alongside our funders. In doing so, we aim to keep our Funder Learning programming up to date. It is our goal to better inform and adapt our organizational practices.

Program Offerings

Speaker Events

Issue experts speak to an audience of funders about shifting practices in philanthropy to be more equitable. Audience members have opportunities to ask questions, engage in dialogue, and learn about ways to implement new concepts and practices. Past topics have included trust-based philanthropy, participatory grantmaking, and equitable evaluation. 

Peer Dialogues

Funders come together to discuss, challenge, and strategize potentially harmful practices in philanthropy. Particular attention is paid to unlearning these practices, and collaborating on ways to improve the sector in pursuit of equity. Past topics have included measurement and evaluation and building equitable relationships.

Funder Learning Advisory Council