Equity in Practice
We believe that investing in equity requires that our giving practices demonstrate equity. We strive to walk our talk through respectful, trusting relationships with grantees, funders and investors, and other colleagues.
Based on a decade of practice and feedback, we have learned that the following approaches create deep trust and authentic partnership with grantees.
9 Key Practices of Trust-Based Investment
Why and What We Fund
We believe efforts to create social, political, and economic equity will be strengthened and leveraged if dialogue and relationship-building processes are explicitly valued and resourced in a wide range of settings. Our eclectic, multi-issue funding portfolio reflects this belief with investments in efforts that currently include civic and community engagement, leadership development (grassroots and grass-tops), human rights, movement building and media and journalism.
In terms of whom we support, important considerations include organizations whose work demonstrates aligned values around the vitality of dialogue and relationships; strong, committed leadership; and results that have the potential to create wider ripples of inspiration.
We balance multi-year, unrestricted funding to organizational thought partners with targeted annual grants. This dual approach enables us to provide long-term, predictable grants to core partners with enough room to be nimble and support emerging opportunities as they arise.
Find out more about our grantees here.