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October 4 – What Happens When You Ask NGOs What Their Communities Need?: Lessons from a Funding Model Designed to Empower Women

October 4, 2022
12:00-1:30 pm
909 Renaissance Park

As the architects of a philanthropic initiative to drive women’s economic empowerment in Lebanon, Lynn Zovighian, co-founder and managing director of the family-owned, Beirut-based social investment firm The Zovighian Partnership, and Social Impact Lab (SIL) Director Rebecca Riccio invited local community-based organizations to define their own funding priorities and promised to listen. Lynn and Rebecca will present an alternative approach to philanthropic grant making that draws on SIL practices and principles to disrupt the conventional power imbalance between grantees and donors to give women a voice. They will also share how their data is providing real-time insights into critical vulnerabilities, urgent needs, and emerging frontline strategies for addressing Lebanon’s multiple crises.

This event is part of the Social Impact Lab’s weeklong series From Boston to Beirut: Reimagining Social Change in the Middle East, October 3-7. To learn more and register for other events in this series, please visit

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