WHO IS JEN HAILE?
Jen Haile is the Senior Manager of Corporate Partnerships & Philanthropy at Population Services International. She manages a new philanthropic initiative aimed at catalyzing the next wave of social investors interested in improving the health and rights of girls and women worldwide.
Prior to joining PSI, Jen spent almost ten years in philanthropy at National Public Radio. She has been committed to international development since college, working in youth camps in Ukraine, volunteering with the IRC to resettle Sudanese refugees, and serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in Armenia.
Jen has an MBA in international business and nonprofit management from George Washington University.
You can connect with Jen here:
IN TOR 040 YOU’LL LEARN ABOUT:
- PSI, the largest NGO you’ve never heard of with presence in health and women’s issues around 70 countries.
- Jen’s account of the changing landscape originated by the ‘new philanthropist,’ young wealthy entrepreneurs committed to social change with visible impact.
- The technologies, systems and methods PSI puts in place to respond quickly to situations and philanthropists, how they measure success and stay close to potential givers.
- What a career in journalism can bring to the development table.
OUR CONVERSATION INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING:
- Population Services Int. (PSI)
- Peace Corps
- Disruptive Philanthropy
- Disability Adjusted Life Years (DALY) indicator
- Freedom of the press, brick wall from donors of public journalism
- Social investment
- Girls and women’s issues
- Washington, DC
EPISODE CRIB NOTES
Philanthropy at PSI
Health: reproductive, HIV in 70 countries. Ensures access to health services.
Jen helped launch their own initiatives within PSI.
Disruptive philanthropy. Non-traditional funding is changing, spearheaded by the private sector and citizens who are matching traditional donors’ contributions.
Supporters don’t want to be considered just money givers. They are bringing intellectual capital, knowledge, managerial skills.
“People are giving away differently.” Philanthropists are younger, want to see quick results, are open to new approaches and proofs of concept.
People are afraid of philanthropists. Most of them are humble learners.
Grant money was used for a pilot on male circumcision.
Measuring impact on social bottom lines
A results driven environment. “PSI does nothing that cannot be measured.”
PSI uses the Disability Adjusted Life Years (DALY) indicator.
PSI has a new business strategy, to reach out and partner. “The walls are falling down,” new kinds of partnerships are appearing.
Reaching out to philanthropists
Organizational strength, reputation, talented leaders.
Co-chairs and board members bring a lot of clout to the table.
A summer in Ukraine opened her up to volunteering around the world.
Joined the Peace Corps at 25. Found a tough woman, thought she’d become her, didn’t happen.
“You just kind of go through life.” You end up developing skills that become useful.
On the field: “I have to experience journeys myself.“
Last 18 months have been challenging, it’s a startup.
“I’m emotionally invested in what I do.” Communication is challenging, assumptions are prone to be made.
“There’s really hard days on the field.“
From NPR to PSI
Her current work is related to journalism, it involves engaging them.
At NPR there is a brick wall to prevent donors from influencing news reports. It was difficult to build partnerships.
At PSI it is easier to find partners and engage in long term commitments.
PSI is large, but has no name recognition. Jen still has to do a lot of name recognition work.
PSI does not pitch. “How can I help you?” Philanthropists are on a journey.
PSI has turned philanthropists down.
Social investments require USD 1MM over three years.
Launching many projects for girls and women.
Consolidate the partnership model, build a philanthropists community.
Money is coming, young people want to make an impact.
More honesty on failure.
Myanmar, last day, stuck in traffic. PSI Center with marginalized population, prostitution including transsexuals. They spoke highly of what PSI had done for them. “Health was giving people dignity.” They had arranged a fashion show for them.
“Be open about your career.“
Success depends on being very fast, have highly responsive systems.
“Intern and network. Take any position and move up.“
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