The Role of Philanthropy in Systems Change

Findings and Lessons from a Field Scan of Systems Change and Policy Advocacy in the Philanthropic Field

This paper was created to spark conversation and ideation for foundations interested in exploring investments in “systems change.” It offers a scan of the work of systems change within the philanthropic field, as well as a focus on policy advocacy – a key systems change strategy. It also provides an overview of approaches grantmakers are using, along with some examples of systems change investments at work, to help foster ongoing conversation among Foundation board and staff.