And lastly, an update from our side. It’s been a packed few months for the AI Fund. In February, Frederike Kaltheuner
started her new role as the fund’s Director. In April, Alexandra Toth
joined the fund as a Programme Manager.
Getting ready for the next phase of our work
Also in April, we announced the 16 recipients of our policy and advocacy core grant
. It was very exciting to meet everyone for an informal meeting. Since then, we have temporarily turned our focus inward to get ready for the next phase of our work.
We fine-tuned our mission statement to better communicate what kind of funder we want to be, and how we view AI and tech more broadly. We’ve also developed a communications strategy, a monitoring and evaluation framework, a convening strategy and a growth strategy. We’ll also publish our very first annual report soon.
We aim to do more than provide funding to the organisations we support. Capacity building, training, and facilitating spaces to connect is part of the fund’s toolkit and approach. We know there isn’t one right way to go about this, so we try to understand what our partners find most helpful and let them be in the driver’s seat. Something else to look forward to: in September we’ll launch a series of events.
We are currently working with three external researchers to find out where our grant making is most needed and useful going forward. We plan to publish the results in September and will decide on the the focus of new funding rounds in November 2021.
Enjoy your summer and get some rest! 🏝
Frederike and Alexandra
Questions / thoughts? Get in touch.
We’ll be offline for a while in August, but are back refreshed in September.