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Breaking Up is Hard to Do: How One Funder Used Landscape Mapping to Effectively Exit a Field

Funders often need to make strategic decisions about pivoting resources to new funding strategies or exiting specific program areas. As responsible philanthropic stewards, they want to nimbly shift strategies while ensuring that their hard work isn’t lost and that their former grantees don’t lose momentum. Recently, we used landscape mapping—a tool we commonly employ with funders to explore new issues—to help the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation provide crucial stakeholders with an actionable map for the future as it was exiting the global libraries field. As a result, our Cultivating Global Library Leadership landscape scan is assisting other funders and implementing organizations in the library sector to identify where to focus their efforts for the greatest impact. Foundations that find themselves in similar circumstances can use this tool in similar ways. Continue reading >

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