You can read our latest reflections on what we’re learning in the blogs below:
FIELD NOTES (SEPT 2023): BUILDING THE FIRETREE SENIOR FELLOWSHIP
In this blog series, we hope to quickly share some of our thoughts and the lessons that we’ve learned as we facilitate and hold space for this fellowship.
BUILDING A FELLOWSHIP: EARLY LESSONS FROM THE FIRETREE SENIOR FELLOWSHIP
In this post, we hope to share some early lessons that we have learned in our process of designing and launching the fellowship.
FIRETREE GATHERING 2022
Since hosting the inaugural Firetree gathering held at the Starfish facility in Chiang Mai, Thailand in November 2022, we’ve had lots of requests to share how we did it and what lessons we learned from the event.
MIGRATION & SYSTEMS THINKING IN THE PHILIPPINES
We continue our series of systems thinking chats where we connect with different social impact leaders from the Philippines about how and why they are trying to incorporate systems thinking in their work.
REFLECTIONS ON NARRATIVE CHANGE
After our exploration of the ecosystem supporting social impact storytelling in Southeast Asia, we wanted to continue learning, shifting our focus on narrative change.
A BRIEF EXPLORATION OF SABBATICAL OPPORTUNITIES FOR NGO LEADERS IN ASIA
Given the lack of sabbatical opportunities, research was undertaken by Firetree to see what would be necessary for a funder to introduce a sabbatical program.
SHARING INSIGHTS FROM YOUTH RESOURCE MAPPING / SUPPORT SYSTEMS FOR YOUNG LEADERS IN THE PHILIPPINES
If a young person in the Philippines wants to help solve problems in their community, what kind of support do they have access to?
SHARING INSIGHTS FROM SNAPSHOT STUDY ON FUNDER RESPONSES TO COVID-19
We wanted to explore how other funders based in our region had responded to Covid-19, as well as how non-profits had experienced different responses from various funders.
SOME REFLECTIONS FROM A ‘TRUST-BASED FUNDER’ IN ASIA
Against all the turbulence and heartbreak of 2020, greater trust and flexibility in philanthropy has been increasingly and consistently called for this year.
THE 'SYSTEMIC STARFISH': HOW EMPATHY DRIVES ALL FIRETREE TRUST’S PHILANTHROPIC INITIATIVES
When describing what Firetree Trust does, I am always eager to talk about both of our philanthropic programs: Starfish Education and Firetree Philanthropy...
FIRETREE TRUST: COVID-19 RESPONSE
These are such turbulent and unsettling times — for everyone. For many of our partners they are at the frontline of the impact of the Covid-19 — and supporting people and communities that are the most vulnerable to its impact.
FIRETREE PHILANTHROPY: REFLECTIONS ON 2019 AND WHERE WE'RE HEADED IN 2020
As part of our on-going commitment to transparency and open sharing, this blog aims to reflect upon the last 18 months of our partnership funding work and share our learning.
OUR PHILANTHROPY LEARNING AND REFLECTIONS TO DATE
A few months ago, I wrote some of our key learning points from our philanthropy work over last year, as part of our annual reflections.
One of those reflections was that we need to get better at openly sharing what we’re learning and how that’s shaping our approach. These blogs aim to be a simple and informal way to do that.
OUR PHILANTHROPY APPROACH
Firetree Trust has three core areas of work:
Developing direct initiatives, but only in contexts and geographies we know particularly well and where gaps exist that we can play a role in addressing
Connecting with others, openly sharing our learning, and highlighting useful research
Eight years ago, on a hot April day, Dick and I sat along the river in Siem Reap, after a long day of work with a partner. Sipping a beer we were thinking about what name we could give to an operating foundation that...