5. Engaging funders in CSO strategies towards the Great Transition

Due to the important influence funders have on CSOs, CSO strategies for the Great Transition will be most effective if they are understood and supported by funders.

Despite some good initiatives, the current overarching funding environment fails to cultivate organizations, strategies, and activities necessary to tackle systemic challenges.

There are a number of strategic opportunities to engage funders in strategies for the Great Transition. Monitoring and evaluation methodologies will need to be adapted in the face of the shift to a focus on systemic change rather than short-term relatively linear outputs. In addition, it is important to collaborate with funders to develop a coherent ecosystem of CSOs where each CSO finds and defines its strategic role in the Great Transition…
                                           Engaging funders is a key leverage point for more effective CSO strategies: Read more.
   
Further readings
 
Design to Win: Philanthropy's Role In The Fight Against Global Warming -California Environmental Associates (2007)
Saving the Rainforests: Civil Society Mapping. A project for the UK Environmental Funders Network (Project Report) - Harriet Williams and Jon Cracknell (2010a)
Saving the Rainforests: Civil Society Mapping. A project for the UK Environmental Funders Network (Maps) - Harriet Williams and Jon Cracknell (2010b)
Where the Green Grants Went: Patterns of UK Funding for Environmental and Conservation Work (3)
 - Jon Cracknell and Heather Godwin (2007)
Where the Green Grants Went: Patterns of UK Funding for Environmental and Conservation Work (4) - Jon Cracknell, Heather Godwin and Harriet Williams (2009) 
Foundations and the Environmental Movement: Priorities, Strategies and Impact - Robert J. Brulle and J. Craig Jenkins (2005)

Sociological Theory and Evaluation Research. An Application and its Usability for Evaluating Sustainable Development - Wolfgang Meyer (2002)