March 8, 2017

Project Phoenix Outcomes and Evaluation

Project Phoenix: Connecting Democracy, Economy, and Sustainability was a year-long cohort collective learning program for funders exploring fronts ranging from local economies and climate justice to worker co-ops under the frame of a “just transition” or “solidarity economy” or “economic resiliency” or “new economy.” Learn more about it here.

What emerged from our year of learning together? What paths have we found for cross-sector philanthropic engagement around a broad set of interventions that are commensurate to the challenge of developing a new economy that works for all?

Aditi Vaidya and Jose Garcia synthesized their observations of what we learned, and where the gaps remain, in the form of a presentation. Listen to the audio of the presentation and view the presentation slides below.


Evaluation Report

With support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, NFG conducted a formal evaluation of Project Phoenix.

Through interviews and surveys of cohort members, we learned that participants reported stronger and deeper relationships with one another, transformed the ways in which they think and talk about the work of just transition to a new economy, and decreased their sense of cynicism in funding spaces.

Read the report here.

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