Scanning the Landscape: Funder Examples

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Scanning, or taking time to learn how your giving can be most effective in a community or field, is a powerful strategy. After all, to succeed and lead, funders must understand the environment in which they operate.

How do Exponent Philanthropy members scan? They listen to grantees, talk with community leaders and residents, review publications, and more.

What are the risks of not doing this work? There is a good chance you’ll overlook key issues and trends, encounter frayed relationships with grantees and communities, and face a lack of external support and buy-in for your work.

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