The SDGs are big. Rockefeller Philanthropy VP offers a primer on where to begin

Heather Grady, vice president at Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors. Photo by: World Economic Forum / Ben Hider / CC BY-NC-SA

NEW YORK — Foundations often have a basic question when it comes to funding work in line with the Sustainable Development Goals: Where do they start?

While many philanthropic funders remain unaware of the SDGs, others are increasingly thinking about how their work can intersect with the 17 ambitious development goals, according to Heather Grady, a vice president of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, a nonprofit organization that advises on more than $200 million of annual charitable giving. She often advises that an initial step forward involves reflecting on their existing portfolios of work.

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    Amy Lieberman is the New York Correspondent for Devex. She covers the United Nations and reports on global development and politics. Amy previously worked as a freelance reporter, covering the environment, human rights, immigration, and health across the U.S. and in more than 10 countries, including Colombia, Mexico, Nepal, and Cambodia. Her coverage has appeared in the Guardian, the Atlantic, Slate, and the Los Angeles Times. A native New Yorker, Amy received her master’s degree in politics and government from Columbia’s School of Journalism.