Announced this morning:

The Fund for Shared Insight, a collaborative effort by seven funders, today announces its first round of grants since its launch in September: $5.26 million in awards to improve philanthropy.

Shared Insight will fund 14 one- to three-year grants designed to encourage and incorporate feedback from the people the social sector seeks to help; understand the connection between feedback and better results; foster more openness between and among foundations and grantees; and share lessons.

“We are thrilled with the interest our open call for proposals has generated as evidenced by the almost 200 proposals received, and the hundreds of organizations that have emailed us and participated in our open conference calls about the requests for proposals,” said Melinda Tuan, Shared Insight project manager. “We expect to learn a lot with and from our selected grantees’ efforts and look forward to sharing the learning along the way.”

The Hewlett Foundation is supporting Shared Insight along with the Ford Foundation, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, The JPB Foundation, Liquidnet, the Rita Allen Foundation, and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

Congratulations to all the grantees!