- Our community is asking us to deepen their understanding of how we conceive of and execute our role as philanthropists.
- They expressed their hopes and ideas for greater collaboration within the funder and grantee communities around shared goals--and think of this as an area where Ford could bring a lot of value as a connector and facilitator.
- They hold us accountable for transparency about progress on social change. They aren’t asking only for success stories, they want to learn along with us about what’s working and what’s not working.
- The questions submitted asked for great detail, indicating the community wants concrete information about all of the above.
8. What suggestions do you have for other philanthropic professionals looking to utilize technology to innovate the online experience for those they serve? Technology almost always offers a way to blow up the way we used to work and land in a better place, sometimes a much better place. Originally we planned to do a traditional online survey, but then we realized technology could probably enable much richer insights into the thinking of our audiences if we turned the old way upside down and put the audience in the driver’s seat. 9. Anything else you would like to add? Another thing about the Un-Survey that’s different from traditional online surveys is the questions are available to everybody in the sector. They can help Ford’s thinking about its website but any other interested foundations as well. This interview was conducted by EPIP Social Media Fellow, Sophia Guevara.