Finding, fostering and funding the curious. Britt Lake, Global Giving
GlobalGiving is making a big bet – that organizations that are curious and focused on learning are making the world a better place at a faster rate than those that are not as focused on learning. We’re putting our money where our mouth is, and have created a system – linked with the GlobalGiving web platform – that tracks and rewards nonprofits for learning with funding to carry out their work.
While many nonprofit organizations are interested in learning in order to drive results, limited time and tight budgets make it difficult to invest in feedback and continual improvement. Simultaneously, funders typically pay for outputs without investing in organizational capacity to develop evaluative processes. GlobalGiving aims to address this incentive gap by rewarding the use of processes and tools that lead to effectiveness gains. In this lightning talk, we’ll showcase GG Rewards, GlobalGiving’s platform for measuring and incentivizing learning and impact among its 3000+ nonprofit partners in 160+ countries.
This unique approach involves using technology to support organizations as they move through a cycle of listening to stakeholders, acting to test new ideas, learning what works and what doesn’t based on these tests, then repeating this process to build capacity iteratively. Through GG Rewards, GlobalGiving tracks organizations as they use these tools to improve performance, rolls these metrics into a personalized dashboards for every organization, then rewards progress with extra exposure in search results, marketing efforts, and corporate partnerships. The end result is millions of dollars a year flowing to higher-performing organizations.
Britt Lake, Chief Program Officer, GlobalGiving. As GlobalGiving’s Chief Program Officer, Britt oversees relationships with more than 3,000 nonprofits in 166 countries, including managing GlobalGiving’s impact measurement, capacity building work, and disaster relief grantmaking. In addition to a decade spent at GlobalGiving, Britt has worked at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and with a variety of nonprofits in sub-Saharan Africa. Britt holds a B.A. in International Studies from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, a Master’s in International Relations from the University of Cape Town (South Africa), and a Master’s in Public Affairs from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School. When she is not running around the GlobalGiving office, she’s probably running around DC or wherever in the world she happens to be at the moment. More about Britt here, on Twitter @brittlake or at GlobalGiving.