Reflections

You can read our latest reflections on what we’re learning in the blogs below:

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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.

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SCHOOLS & SYSTEMS THINKING IN THE PHILIPPINES

A part of our efforts to highlight how different communities in the Philippines are practicing systems thinking.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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FIRETREE PHILANTHROPY: BRIEF REFLECTION ON 2020 

This blog is to openly and briefly share what we, as Firetree, did in the awful madness that was 2020. 

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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.

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STARFISH EDUCATION: A REFLECTION ON 2020

Sharing a reflection from the Starfish Education team on 2020. It has been translated into English from its original post in Thai. 

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TONDO COMMUNITY INITATIVE (TCI): A SUMMARY OF 2020

Sharing some of what TCI did over 2020, and comes from reflections written by the TCI team. 

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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. 

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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...

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GOVERNANCE MATTERS: WHAT WE SEEK IN OUR PARTNERS' BOARDS OF DIRECTORS

One of our biggest learnings this year was around organizational governance and the challenges of...

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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.

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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.

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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.

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OUR PHILANTHROPY APPROACH

Firetree Trust has three core areas of work:

  1. Partnership funding

  2. 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

  3. Connecting with others, openly sharing our learning, and highlighting useful research

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FIRETREE TRUST

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...