*Note: Thousand Currents changed its name from IDEX in 2016.

Books, Articles & Interviews


#TimeToRedefine: Making a video invitation to join community” by Verónica Moreno, Nonprofit Technology Enterprise Network (NTEN) blog, 3 April 2019.

Moving With Movements” by Solomé Lemma, Alliance Magazine, March 2019. (Read a longer version of the article on our blog here.)


What Can We Do About The White Savior Complex?” by Amy Costello of Tiny Spark Podcast, Nonprofit Quarterly, 26 October 2018. (Listen on iTunesStitcher, or Spotify.)

9 Things an Executive Director Should Consider Before Deciding to Step Down” by Jennifer Lentfer, The Chronicle of Philanthropy, 11 October 2018. Article features former executive director Rajasvini Bhansali and Rye Young of Third Wave Fund. (Read the full article on our blog here.)

Can we think more expansively about ‘going to scale’?” by Solomé Lemma, Alliance Magazine, 11 September 2018.

Let’s Rethink What International Development Really Means” by Jennifer Lentfer, Giving Compass, 11 September 2018.

Climate justice is possible when…we listen to the grandmothers” by Rajasvini Bhansali, Environmental Grantmakers Association Blog, 6 June 2018.

The encounter” by Rajasvini Bhansali,, 19 May 2018.

Can aid organizations really be part of social movements?” by Jennifer Lentfer, Devex, 17 May 2018.

25 Powerful Ways Funders Can Support Social Movements” by Solomé Lemma, Inside Philanthropy, 10 May 2018.

Are we losing our love of life? ‘It must be the money’” by Rajiv Khanna, Transformation on OpenDemocracy, 8 May 2018.

Giving as whole beings, not as living ATMs” by Solomé Lemma, Alliance Magazine, March 2018.


Govender, P. (2017, 2nd edition) Love and Courage: Stories of Insubordination, Johannesburg, South Africa: Jacana Media.

Lentfer, J. and Cothran, T., (2017) Smart Risks: How small grants are helping to solve some of the world’s biggest problems, Rugby, UK: Practical Action Publishing, including contributions by Rajasvini Bhansali and Rajiv Khanna.

Trust-based philanthropy funder spotlight: Thousand Currents,” Interview with Solomé Lemma, The Whitman Institute blog, 6 November 2017.

‘Grassroots means no brains’: How to tackle racism in the aid sector” by Jennifer Lentfer & Rashida Petersen, The Guardian UK, 4 August 2017.

SIMA RAMA Panel Film Discussion | Poverty, Inc.” with Verónica Moreno, hosted by Social Impact Media Awards, 6 July 2017. 

Creating Breakout Innovation” by Joanna Levitt Cea & Jess Rimington, Stanford Social Innovation Review, Summer 2017

Global Alliance for the Future of Food Brings Together Diverse Voices” featuring Rajasvini Bhansali on Food Tank blog, July 2o17.

Change Making Women Podcast: Smart Risks and International Giving with Jennifer Lentfer” with Mary Ann Clements and Ziada Kabwe on Jijaze, 29 June 2017.

Grassroots Movements Are Rightful Partners in Finding Solutions to Climate Change” by Rajasvini Bhansali, Global Alliance for the Future of Food blog, June 2017.

Mistakes, misfits, and magic” by Rajasvini Bhansali, Alliance Magazine blog, 24 May 2017.

‘International development’ is a loaded term. It’s time for a rethink” by Jennifer Lentfer, The Guardian UK, 3 May 2017.

To the U.S. Resistance Movement: America Is Not Exceptional” by Jennifer Lentfer, Bright Magazine (on Medium), 1 May 2017.

Vini Bhansali: On Growing Underfunded Change Agents in the Global South” by Tim Lehnert, Philanthropy Women, 20 April 2017

An easy question to answer?” by Angela Jia-Yin Ng, Two Dollar Challenge blog, 6 April 2017. 

Would you rather fly or be invisible?” by Verónica Moreno, Two Dollar Challenge blog, 4 April 2017. 

4 New Year’s Resolutions for Agroecology Funders” by Rajasvini Bhansali, Agroecology Fund blog, 25 January 2017.


Wrestling with my white fragility” by Jennifer Lentfer, OpenDemocracy Transformation, 15 December 2016.

It begins and ends with trust” by Jennifer Lentfer, Alliance Magazine, December 2016.

Interview with Joanna Levitt Cea on Radio Woodstock WDST’s “What’s next with Peter Buffett,” 12 November 2016. (starts at 28:30)

5 Food Systems Lessons the U.S. Can Learn from Africa” by Jennifer Lentfer, Civil Eats, 7 September, 2016.

Black Lives Matter partners with charity in sign of growth” by Michael R. Blood, Associated Press, 6 September 2016.

Our broken hearts: What the healing will unleash” by Rajasvini Bhansali, AWID Forum blog, September 2016.

Beyond Climate Change Platitudes” by Joanna Levitt Cea, Stanford Social Innovation Review, 11 May 2016.


Jones, O. (2015). Theatrical Jazz: Performance, Àṣẹ, and the Power of the Present Moment, Columbus, OH: The Ohio State University Press. 

Five reasons funding should go directly to local NGOs” by Jennifer Lentfer in Guardian UK Global Development Professionals Network, 13 November 2015.

Featured in “Funding Indigenous Peoples: Strategies for Support,” published by GrantCraft and International Funders for Indigenous Peoples, November 2015.

A life-changing lunch,” by Bilen Misfen in Peace Corps Passport blog.

Featured in “At What Point Does a Fundraising Ad Go Too Far?” by NPR Goats and Soda blog, October 2015.

“Culture in Action: Beyond ROI” by Rajasvini Bhansali in Grantmakers for Effective Organization’s “The Source Codes of Foundation Culture,” October 2015.

From Anguish to Balance” by Akaya Windwood, Rockwood Leadership Institute and Rajasvini Bhansali, Stanford Social Innovation Review, September 2015.

IDEX, and the tyranny of experts” by Marc Gunther on the Nonprofit Chronicles blog, 9 August 2015.

Resourcing the Grassroots” – interview with Yeshica Weeresekera on KPFA’s Terra Madre radio show, 7 August 2015.

Most Post-Disaster Funding Is a Disaster, How to Do It Right” – interview with Trishala Deb in Huffington Post, 24 July 2015.

“Buen Vivir”: Learnings from Indigenous Worldviews on Biocultural Diversity [PDF] by Katherine Zavala in Terralingua’s Langscape Vol. 4, Issue 1, Summer 2015.

Who will rebuild Nepal after the quake? Women-led community groups who will stay the course by Jennifer Lentfer in Alliance Magazine, June 2015.

Creating partnerships with change makers and innovators interview with Trishala Deb by the Center for Advancement of Philanthropy in India, Apr-June 2015 newsletter.

Global Development Communicators: Stuck Between Fundraising And Reality? with Jennifer Lentfer on InterActions blog, June 2015.

A Conversation with Rajasvini Bhansali of IDEX on their 30th Anniversary (video), The Whitman Institute blog, May 2015.


Skinned Knees: Practicing Social Justice Funding, by Rajasvini Bhansali, from Bay Area Justice Funders Network, July 2014.

A Theory of Change from Indigenous Perspectives (page 12-13), International Funders for Indigenous Peoples‘ “Sharing Circle” Newsletter, July 2014.

GEOASKS: Rajasvini Bhansali, International Development Exchange [PDF], from Grantmakers for Effective Organizations, June 2014.

Alliance-Building: Building Relationships for Transformative Change [PDF], by Katherine Zavala in International Human Rights Funders Group e-Newsletter, April 2014.

IDEX Gets at the Root of Violence Against Women, interview with Yeshica Weerasekera in Asian Philanthropy Forum, March 2014.

2013 and earlier

Metrics and Measurements: Time to Turn Evaluation on its Head [PDF] by Yeshica Weerasekera, International Human Rights Funders Group e-Newsletter, December 2012.

“Investing in Local Solutions to Global Problems” by Rajasvini Bhansali, Executive Director, IDEX, in Council on Foundations, RE: Philanthropy Blog, March 2012.

“In Focus: The Practice of Human Rights Grantmaking [PDF] by Rajasvini Bhansali in Human Rights Funding News, International Human Rights Funders Group e-Newsletter, March 2011.

“Grantmaker on the receiving end [PDF] by Sarah Hobson, former IDEX Co-Director, Alliance Magazine, December 2003.

Reports & Toolkits

Evaluation Reports

Global Grantmaking Evaluation Reports

The IDEX Academy Evaluation Reports

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Past Campaigns

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