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Catalytic Leadership in Philanthropy

Catalytic Leadership in Philanthropy (CLIP) is a mindset and practice that empowers lean, place-based foundations to unleash their full potential to spark transformative change on issues prioritized by local communities.

By embracing their unique abilities to act quickly, focus persistently, and nurture deep relationships, individuals that embrace CLIP go beyond typical grantmaking and become dynamic agents of progress. These funders weave networks, break through barriers, and invite new voices to the decision table, all in pursuit of reshaping systems, addressing inequities, and fostering vibrant collaborations that create lasting impact.

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How to Get Started

Catalytic Leadership in Philanthropy: How to Get Started
Anyone—trustees, staff, donors, or the next generation—can learn and embrace CLIP with a few key practices and skill sets. This resource will teach you how. Download the publication now »


What we mean when we talk about Catalytic Leadership in Philanthropy
What is CLIP?
How do lean funders practice it?
Why is having a giving focus important?
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The Catalytic Philanthropy Podcast

Meet some of the most creative, resourceful, and gutsy funders leading a new kind of philanthropy throughout the country. 

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Catalytic Leadership Academy

The Catalytic Leadership Academy teaches and hones catalytic leadership skills and grantmaking best practices through action-oriented, hands-on learning with expert faculty guides and peer lean funder coaches. Learn more »

On-Demand Learning Lab

Catalytic Philanthropy Learning Lab from Exponent Philanthropy on Vimeo.

This learning lab is for lean funders of all kinds looking to lay the groundwork for letting go of the classic grantmaking paradigm of applications, cycles, and approvals, and dig into solving problems by being responsive to those closest to the issues. Recordings are available per module, or as one complete series. Learn more »

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