At Open Philanthropy, we aim to maximize our impact by seeking out the best opportunities to do good with our giving. But our expertise is limited; we can’t find every great opportunity ourselves.
We believe that there are highly effective grantmaking organizations doing better work than we could in their respective spaces. We launched the Regranting Challenge to find and support that work — giving excellent grantmakers more funding to allocate.
Through this process, we've awarded $150 million to five programs. We hope that the grants they make will improve the lives of millions of people, through projects and ideas we wouldn’t have discovered or been able to manage on our own.
Open Philanthropy’s mission is to help others as much as we can with the resources available to us. The Regranting Challenge contributed to this effort by:
We've long been inspired by the work of other grantmakers, and are confident there are highly effective grantmaking organizations doing better work than we could in their respective spaces. We've used the Regranting Challenge to give some of them additional funding, so they can increase the scale and scope of their own work with grantees.
The lack of feedback mechanisms that ensure effective grantmakers get more money to allocate is a major shortcoming in the existing philanthropic ecosystem. The Regranting Challenge gave us a chance to experiment with changing that dynamic.
By creating an open call, we were able to identify highly effective foundations and program areas to support that we wouldn’t have known about otherwise.
We heard from over 100 funders around the world. Our reviewers — including Open Philanthropy staff and dozens of external experts — closely evaluated their work over the course of eight months.
In the end, we awarded $150 million in funding to five exceptional programs.
"By running an open call process at this scale, Open Philanthropy has been able to gather insights from other funders and discover promising ideas outside its network while lifting the burden on nonprofits and other applicants, making it both highly efficient and effective."
— Cecilia Conrad, CEO, Lever for Change
The Regranting Challenge was organized by Open Philanthropy. Funding for the Regranting Challenge comes from Open Philanthropy’s core donors — Cari Tuna and Dustin Moskovitz — and the generous support of Lucy Southworth.