Voices from the Field

Confronting the 4 Myths of Impact Investing

Posted on August 26, 2016 by Jean Case

At the Case Foundation, we work hard at being active listeners in order to be better advocates for change. And as we continue efforts to take the impact investing movement into the mainstream, I want to review some of the myths that we’re hearing, which may be posing barriers to taking impact investing to the next level… Read More

Surdna Foundation: Be Fearless Spotlight Story

Posted on February 27, 2016 by Case Foundation

On the eve of its 100th anniversary, the Surdna Foundation is stronger, more nimble and more effective as a philanthropic organization than it has ever been. The secret to its success? Stakeholders who encourage failing forward, experimenting with new ideas and collaborating with others… Read More

Open Road Alliance: Be Fearless spotlight story

Posted on September 17, 2015

Whatever the catastrophe, Open Road Alliance (ORA) stands ready to help, able to offer grants of up to $100,000—with decisions made within two to six weeks of applying. Their average grant is $76,000 and, since 2012, it has awarded $3.5 million to groups including the Global Press Institute and the Grameen Foundation. Read the full spotlight story here. This Spotlight… Read More

Jacobs Family Foundation: Be Fearless Case Study

Posted on May 5, 2015

An abandoned lot, an experimental initial public offering (IPO) and a culture that believes that failure leads to learning inspired the Jacobs Family Foundation to transform its business model from traditional grantmaker to place-based funder to maximize impact without sacrificing its core values and mission. A Be Fearless case study, sponsored by the Case Foundation… Read More

Be Fearless: The 5 Core Principles

Posted on May 5, 2015 by Case Foundation

Those charged with finding or funding solutions to social challenges — philanthropists, government, nonprofits — seem to be moving too slowly and often operating with the same set of tools, concepts and caution of the generations before us. To tackle today's big and ever-changing social challenges, we have to Be Fearless… Read More

Be Fearless: A framework for action

Posted on May 5, 2015 by Case Foundation

A step-by-step guide from the Case Foundation for leaders and organizations that want to be fearless and create transformative change. Inside, you'll find assessment tools, ideas and discussion prompts specially designed for social sector changemakers like you who want to make a greater impact… Read More