Philanthropy and Impact Investing: Lessons on Scaling Impact toward Shifting Systems

Event Details
  • June 4th, Monday, 2:30pm - 4:00pm
  • Breakout Room 336
Heather Grady

Heather Grady

Vice President Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors

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Session Description

The philanthropy and impact investing sectors have high ambitions for achieving impact, yet struggle to put in place the real practice and internal policy changes needed to collaborate more effectively and do real system-shifting programming.

This session will explore how funders are tackling the constraints to collaboration, and leveraging funds and non-monetary resources to support their partners. Panelists will draw on their experience in the following initiatives: RPA Scaling Solutions Initiative, RPA Sustainable Development Goals collaboration, the Synergos-Bloomberg Philanthropies Bangladesh Drowning Prevention project, and Skoll Foundation’s portfolio approach to supporting social entrepreneurs. Panelists will provide a global perspective having tackled these challenges from the Bay Area to Beijing, Bogota, Accra and beyond.  The workshop aims to spark discussions that continue throughout the conference and beyond.

Key takeaways:

  • Deeper knowledge of concepts like scaling impact and systems approaches
  • What are the impediments to funder collaboration and strategies for overcoming them
  • Exploration of the networks that are producing valuable resources for grantmakers, impact investors and purpose-driven organization leaders


  • Edwin Ou

    Edwin Ou

    Director, Funder Alliances Skoll Foundation

  • Jenna Liang

    Jenna Liang

    Senior Adviser, Global Philanthropists Circle Senior Advisor Synergos Institute

  • Ariel Muller

    Ariel Muller

    Director South East Asia Forum for the Future

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