New Donor Collaborative: How IRIS Uses Storytelling to Drive Social Change

From Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors: "International Resource for Impact and Storytelling (IRIS) is a new donor collaborative focused on strengthening civil society through narrative strategies and creative storytelling for impact. A sponsored project of RPA, IRIS supports donor partners and field-led efforts to deepen integration between storytellers, movements, and civil society leaders with narrative analysis, with the aim to promote advancement on social justice issues."

"This first year was used to launch and operationalize a new way of working and undertaking several initiatives with our donor partners, like the Circle of Us visual storytelling fellowship with Purposeful in Sierra Leone and Kenya/Tanzania," said Cara Mertes (IRIS). "In the next phase, we are seeing ways to connect our donor partners with field leaders and offer learning and convening opportunities across networks, as well as continuing to launch initiatives and finding our place in the emerging international eco-system of storytelling and narrative change."

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