Funders can be
colearners in listening.
Funders can support grantees’ efforts—and explore how feedback data can inform their own grantmaking work—by partnering with and sponsoring grantees’ participation in Listen4Good.
Funders discuss the importance of listening.
Our current funding partners.
- Arrow Impact
- Assisi Foundation of Memphis
- Barr Foundation
- Blue Meridian Partners
- Charles Schwab Bank
- Community Foundation Sonoma County
- Deaconess Foundation
- Episcopal Health Foundation
- Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
- Ford Foundation
- Marin Community Foundation
- Michigan Health Endowment Fund
- Nelson Foundation
- Obama Foundation
- Overdeck Family Foundation
- Robin Hood Foundation
- Scattergood Foundation
- Silicon Valley Social Venture Fund- SV2
- Sobrato Philanthropies
- Sparkjoy Foundation
- The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation
- The Boston Foundation
- The David and Lucile Packard Foundation
- The Heinz Endowments
- The James Irvine Foundation
- The Urban Child Institute
- Tipping Point Community
- Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust
- William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
- Younger Family Fund
How to engage.
Funders join Listen4Good by sponsoring or underwriting participation in the two programs we offer for nonprofits. In doing so, you’ll join a community of funders and social sector actors committed to advancing feedback.
Listen4Good recruits organizations to participate in one of two cohorts annually. Our July cohort has a registration deadline of June 1 and our January cohort’s deadline is December 1.
LISTEN4GOOD PREMIUM is the next generation core program we’ve been operating since 2016. It matches organizations with a single dedicated feedback coach to guide them through L4G’s 18-month process. Participants also enjoy full access to our self-guided online tools and support, including our web app and online community. The cost to participate in Premium is $6,000.
LISTEN4GOOD ONLINE+ offers full access to our online tools and web app. It also provides access to a robust group webinar series and 1:1 coaching services from our pool of professional feedback coaches targeted to the most crucial stages of the feedback journey. All of this comes at a fee of just $1,000.
By participating in Listen4Good, organizations:
Participants increase 1 point on a 5-point scale in technical skill development within 1 year of participating in Listen4Good
81% of organizations make programmatic changes in response to feedback within 1 year of participating in Listen4Good
Become more client-centered
89% of organizations planned or have made changes in response to surfaced inequities in service delivery
Select the funding package that works for you.
Many forms of capacity building, including the ability to listen systematically to those you serve, have real costs attached. Given this, we provide a range of ways for funders to add capacity-building grants to cover grantees’ implementation costs for Listen4Good.
|Program term||18 months||18 months||18 months|
|Web app and related content|
(3 hrs / year)
(10-15 hrs / year)
(10-15 hrs / year)
Group Learning - Webinars
Group Learning - Listen4Good facilitated learning community*
For additional fee
For additional fee
|Capacity-building grant from sponsor**||---||---||$15,000 - $20,000 / organization|
|Estimated cost to sponsor||$1,000 / organization||$6,000 / organization||$21,000 - $26,000 / organization|
* Customized learning cohorts are available for an additional negotiated fee.
** Historic cost analysis suggests that a capacity-building grant of $15,000 – $20,000 can be extremely beneficial to support implementation costs related to Listen4Good.
Looking to learn more?
We have seen foundations take a range of approaches to selecting participating organizations. Some have provided the opportunity widely, asking organizations to opt-in. Others have embedded participation into pre-existing capacity-building programs focused on measurement or equity. Check out our Funder Guide for information on how to share information about Listen4Good and select organizations.
You can pay for your grantees to participate in Listen4Good under multiple payment arrangements — by providing a grant to Listen4Good or we can invoice you for the cost. Some funders also choose to provide a grant to organizations that then pay Listen4Good.
See our Funder Guide for information to share with other stakeholders.
We provide a range of customized learning community options — ranging from LIsten4Good facilitated meetings of sponsoring funders and nonprofits to regional gatherings involving additional local stakeholders. We also can produce aggregate insight summaries for sponsoring funders and their nonprofit partners, synthesizing trends in feedback. Please contact us directly to learn more.
In general, we do not intermediate capacity-building grants but encourage you to provide grants directly to participating organization. However, in some instances, such as when a funder collaborative is supporting participation, we can intermediate and distribute the capacity-building grants to nonprofits for a transaction fee.