Q&A: Olivia Leland on her mission to make philanthropy do more

Olivia Leland, founder and CEO of Co-Impact. Photo by: Co-Impact

SAN FRANCISCO — Since leaving the Giving Pledge — the elite network of billionaires who commit to giving away half their wealth — Founding Director Olivia Leland has been conducting research on how to make philanthropy more effective.

Over the past three years, Leland has spoken with hundreds of philanthropists and social change leaders, and identified what she calls a market failure: “There are few effective mechanisms to match leaders looking to solve social issues at scale with the philanthropists interested in providing the right size and kinds of capital, and the partners needed to succeed,” as she described it recently in an article for Stanford Social Innovation Review.

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