Posts tagged: equity

8 Ways Funders Can & Do Support Emergent Racial Justice Movements

The week after #Selma50, and in the wake of the rising visibility of modern movements for racial justice like #blacklivesmatter, is as timely as ever to highlight the ways funders can and do support emergent racial justice movement building – particularly those that were catalyzed by the events in Ferguson, whose police force is the …   Read more

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3 Timely Tips for Using TWI’s New Website in 2015

As the new year gets rolling, we are excited to present our new website – renewed not only in aesthetic but in purpose and content, namely to champion equity and dialogue in our sector.
We invite you to explore:
Lessons from the Field: We’re featuring colleagues who share lessons in promoting relationships, dialogue, and equity in their work and …   Read more

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Trust As A Way Forward

by Pia Infante

The Context

Recently, we hosted a salon on The Role of Trust in Our Work – attended by a mixed group of funder friends, grantees, capacity builders, and consultants. The prompt sparked our thinking about how to design relationships, collaboration and convening that intentionally scaffold trust building. We all agreed that powerful social good impact cannot happen without trust, and often we get to new solutions and effective collaboration towards community and policy change at “the speed of trust.”

The conversation brought forth a number of different forms and paces of trust that I found compelling. Here is a brief (incomplete) list for types of trust building that could be of use in our …   Read more

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In Between: 3 Tips to Transition from One Leadership Role to the Next

By Pia Infante
At the end of May, I took time off between my previous job at Rockwood directing transformational capacity building work and a new role as Co-Executive Director of The Whitman Institute (TWI). I was leaving a beloved and highly time intensive non-profit role for a new one that held the exciting promise of intentional co-leadership and experimentation in philanthropy.

A of couple of months post transition, I reflect back on the “in between” period with some levity, and clarity.

Well before I started at TWI, I recall telling myself, and others: “I haven’t started yet, let me get back to you after I’ve started!” I was demonstrating a phenomenon I’ve witnessed often – shortchanging …   Read more

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Be the Cheetah! Nonprofit Leadership For Our Time

CJ CallenBy CJ CallenOriginally posted at: recently scanning The New York Times I came across this promo for the article “Cheetahs’ Secret Weapon: A Tight Turning Radius”:“A study shows that the large feline’s key to hunting success is not its speed but its skill at leaping sideways, changing directions abruptly, and slowing down quickly.”Perhaps no truer set of words capture what it takes to effectively lead a nonprofit organization in 2013. In the past, I have observed a reverence for powerful organizations that move quickly (though not necessarily adeptly or with finesse). Accelerating at their rapid pace they tend to catch the attention of investors, which fuels the cycle of speed and power. Of course, …   Read more

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