How We Work
Our values are fundamental to how we work and shared values are the foundation to all long-term relationships and partnerships that we build.
Our Partnership Funding Approach:
The principles of trust-based philanthropy have always been central to Firetree’s philanthropic approach. These apply whether we are funding external partner organisations or incubating collaborative initiatives.
Each partnership is based upon the needs and context of that organisation partner. We see our role as supporting the achievement of shared outcomes in communities, rather than contracting specific services.
Our approach is always evolving as we learn and get feedback from our partners. You can read about our approach in much more detail and better understand what we look for and how we work in this blog. We source new partners through networks and referrals from our current partners.
Our Role in The Philanthropic System Itself:
At its best, philanthropy can support innovative approaches, foster collaboration and play a catalytic role in shifting outcomes in communities.
However, we also know that in many ways the philanthropic funding system itself is problematic. Ironically it can lead to practices and outcomes that run counter to the stated social impact philanthropy is looking to achieve.
So we are looking carefully at what our role can be in contributing to shifting philanthropic practice to become more flexible, open, equitable and effective at supporting just and inclusive change.
We definitely don’t have all the answers to this and we can’t do it alone. We’re committed to looking at this critically though, by asking tough questions of ourselves, connecting with and learning from funder networks (such as the EDGE Funders Alliance) and through open discussions with our partners.
We aim to contribute to building a coalition of collaborative funders in Asia. This coalition could become one of the collaborative initiatives that is incubated within Firetree.