Reflections

You can read our latest reflections on what we’re learning in the blogs below:

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THE 'SYSTEMIC STARFISH': HOW EMPATHY DRIVES ALL FIRETREE TRUST’S PHILANTHROPIC INITIATIVES

When describing what Firetree Trust does, I am always eager to talk about both of our philanthropic programs: Starfish Education and Firetree Philanthropy...

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GOVERNANCE MATTERS: WHAT WE SEEK IN OUR PARTNERS' BOARDS OF DIRECTORS

One of our biggest learnings this year was around organizational governance and the challenges of...

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FIRETREE TRUST: COVID-19 RESPONSE

These are such turbulent and unsettling times — for everyone. For many of our partners they are at the frontline of the impact of the Covid-19 — and supporting people and communities that are the most vulnerable to its impact.

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FIRETREE PHILANTHROPY: REFLECTIONS ON 2019 AND WHERE WE'RE HEADED IN 2020

As part of our on-going commitment to transparency and open sharing, this blog aims to reflect upon the last 18 months of our partnership funding work and share our learning.

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OUR PHILANTHROPY LEARNING AND REFLECTIONS TO DATE

A few months ago, I wrote some of our key learning points from our philanthropy work over last year, as part of our annual reflections.

One of those reflections was that we need to get better at openly sharing what we’re learning and how that’s shaping our approach. These blogs aim to be a simple and informal way to do that.

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OUR PHILANTHROPY APPROACH

Firetree Trust has three core areas of work:

  1. Partnership funding

  2. Developing direct initiatives, but only in contexts and geographies we know particularly well and where gaps exist that we can play a role in addressing

  3. Connecting with others, openly sharing our learning, and highlighting useful research

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FIRETREE TRUST

Eight years ago, on a hot April day, Dick and I sat along the river in Siem Reap, after a long day of work with a partner. Sipping a beer we were thinking about what name we could give to an operating foundation that...

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