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Open Road Alliance wants to put risk on the agenda.
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Our Investments

Open Road sees every grant it makes as an investment for social impact. We provide fast, flexible capital via three portfolios: Charitable Grants; Loans; and The Unexpected Fund. Our portfolios exclusively support mid-implementation projects, to keep impact on track.

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How to Manage Risk

We believe that in order to get the greatest social impact out of philanthropic dollars, NGOs and funders need to have open conversations about the risks involved in each project. When these conversations don’t happen, risks turn into roadblocks and impact is in jeopardy.

Research & Tools

Featured Resources

Open Road Resource
Contingency Strategies, Mitigation Strategies, Monitoring Risk, Risk Identification
Risk Management Toolkit
10 Tools to help donors incorporate risk and risk management into their daily grantmaking.
Open Road Resource
Foundations Don’t Know What They’re Risking
Critical gaps exist in philanthropy’s definitions of and approach to risk management. This article describes the scope of the problem and a framework for philanthropists to adopt risk-management practices that better equip the sector to address the challenges of our time.

ORA In The News

News / Jan. 13, 2017
New York Times
A Tool Kit for the Donor Eager to Grasp All the Risks of Donation
by Paul Sullivan
“We designed the tool kit very deliberately, so a foundation could take it in total or pick and choose tools à la carte,” said Maya Winkelstein, who served as chairwoman of the group, called the Commons. “Our hope is people will print off the tool kit and bring it to their staff meetings or their board meetings or to their C.F.O. of programming.”
News / May. 19, 2017
SSIR
Navigating Risk in Impact-Focused Philanthropy
This special supplement in Stanford Social Innovation Review, produced by Open Road Alliance in partnership with The Rockefeller Foundation, examines the concept of risk in philanthropy, providing insights, examples, and practical steps to help philanthropists better account for and manage risk as an integral part of the grantmaking process.

 

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Foundations Don’t Know What They’re Risking

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