Messages To Trust when Hate is the Headliner

Like so many of you, we at TWI are wounded by the events of Charlottesville that took place in August. Our values for equity, humility, critical thinking, dialogue, and human decency are being courageously demonstrated by so many, in so many places like Charlottesville on behalf of the criminalized and vulnerable.  Let us continue to …   Read more

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4 Lessons in Rapid Response Grantmaking

In December of 2016, TWI allocated $250,000 in rapid response funds to protect and build power within communities most vulnerable to the rollback of civil and human rights promised by the then new administration.  

Rather than create a new system, we leaned into our trust based grantmaking process to expend the $250,000 by the end …   Read more

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Standing With Immigrants & Refugees

We are proud to be a part of a group of over 50 foundations standing with immigrants and refugees.  The joint statement, put forth by Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrant and Refugee Rights, reads as follows:

The United States stands at a historic crossroads. Founded as a refuge from religious persecution and built by generations of immigrants, our country has …   Read more

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In the Direction of Courage

Eyes Wide Shudder

It is with an anguished heart and clear eyes that I write this.

The difference in our historical context between Tuesday morning and today is stark and sobering.

The real cost of this election outcome will fall disproportionately on the undocumented immigrants, muslims, blacks, women, queer, and poor people scapegoated in this campaign whose human rights …   Read more

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Trust As A Starting Point

What if we as funders started with trust, instead of making potential partners “earn” it?  Vu Le starts our sibling blog posts today by questioning the assumption that grant seekers need to prove their basic trustworthiness to funders. Indeed, up-ending this premise has been inherent in TWI’s approach since we started making grants.

TWI’s 9 Practices of …   Read more

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