Support for Systems Change Grantees 

In 2018, Rotary Charities made a new commitment to address complex community issues like poverty, health inequities, homelessness, and climate change. New grants and learning opportunities were developed to support collaborative initiatives that take a systems approach and work upstream to target the root causes, not the consequences, of problems.  

Systems change is challenging work that requires complex relationship building, coordination, commitment, and resourcing, all against constant pressures to revert to the status quo.  

In response, Rotary Charities is launching a pilot program that will provide additional support and expertise to systems leaders.  

Our Systems Change Coaching program offers systems-change focused grantees free consultation with a pool of systems change experts.  

Grantees can reach out to Freya Bradford to get connected to support today! 

Topic Areas

Collaboration Platforms & Mindsets

Choosing and using new platforms to share information and connect across organizations, like Slack, Basecamp, Mural, Google Drive. Building the “working out loud” muscle and nurturing peer support norms. 


Communicating and storytelling about the work or to help change mindsets, especially those that undermine systems change and create polarization.   

Convening, Leadership & Governance

Creating multi-stakeholder structures where authority, ownership and accountability are shared, and roles and decision-making processes are clear and transparent.   

Designing Strategies to Change Systemic Patterns

Designing a constellation of actions with the aim of changing a systemic pattern, prototyping & creating hypotheses.   

Equity & Inclusion

Centering equity in systems change work so that changes aim to eliminate structural racism and other forms of inequity. Engaging hard-to-reach groups – those experiencing the problems the group is solving for, and those with the most to lose if things change.  

Evaluation & Learning

Noticing and collecting signs of systems change, communicating them to multiple audiences, and using them to adapt/improve strategy and action.  

Exploring Challenges Systemically & Finding Leverage Points for Change

Determining the boundaries of a systemic problem and using frameworks and tools to look at the factors that may be contributing the current levels of a problem. Once a problem has been explored or mapped, using the data gathered to find places to intervene in the system for greatest impact.  

Facilitation & Using Group Tension

Creating inclusive conversations and building and maintaining momentum toward action, especially during times of crisis and physical distancing. Recognizing healthy tension and using it to move things forward. Dealing with difficult human relationship dynamics.   

Meet the Coaches


Systems Strategy Consultancy
Freelance Coach
Garfield Foundation


Garfield Foundation
Crescent Hill Consulting
Knowledge Communities
Parallel Solutions
Interaction Institute for Social Change
Forum for the Future
Synergies in Philanthropy

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