On 25 March 2021, Catalyst 2030 announced the winners of its Inaugural Systems Change Awards. The finalists and winners were rigorously selected based on their commitment to five key principles for funding systems change: to embrace a systems mindset; support evolving parts to systems change; work in true partnership; prepare for long-term engagement; and, collaborate with other stakeholders.
We are thrilled that Agenda for Change founding member The Osprey Foundation was recognized as a finalist in the Donor Organisations category, and we are grateful for their leadership in systems change and for influencing the social sector and philanthropy to have a more holistic approach. All of the Award finalists will be invited to host sessions in the second annual Catalysing Change Week which will be held virtually from 3 to 7 May 2021.
“The Osprey Foundation appreciates being recognized by Catalyst 2030 as a funder of systems change. We support systems change because we believe it’s the best way to achieve sustainable, scalable, and affordable basic services for everyone, including the poor. In Osprey’s water, sanitation, and hygiene [WASH] program, our largest program area, funding for systems change approaches accounted for almost half of our grantmaking in 2020 and informed all of our other work. Among our systems-change grantees are two Catalyst 2030 members, Agenda for Change and Water For People. Osprey provides flexible funding to these and other organizations and initiatives in order to find better ways to build the collaborative local systems – including communities, governments, and the private sector – needed to make a real and lasting difference in people’s lives.”
– Louis Boorstin, on behalf of The Osprey Foundation
Full details of the 2021 Award Winners can also be found on the Catalyst 2030 website and you can read the press release here.