Posts tagged: equity

On Behalf of Naiveté

Recently I found myself around a table of philanthropic leaders in California, many seasoned funders who’ve funded social change and civil rights for years – if not decades. We were gathered around the compelling question of how to support the emerging and powerful movement(s) for racial equity that have gained so much prominence nationally. The …   Read more

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Sunsets With A Purpose: Spending down to lift up equity

I ended my most recent post by saying I thought the field of philanthropy would benefit by hearing more from small foundations about how they practice grantmaking. Shortly thereafter I was directed to a monograph that strongly underscored that point.
Trusting What We Don’t Know by Maribel Alvarez is both an insightful reflection on philanthropy …   Read more

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How Do We Know: Good Ideas About Creating Impact

How do we know if we’re making a difference? It’s a question that’s been in the spotlight for some time now within the nonprofit sector – and one that can be particularly challenging when it comes to assessing the impact of social issues through art and media. In her inaugural post on the beta site, …   Read more

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Sticky Blogs & Laughing While Learning

I continue to be encouraged by the steady stream of reports and commentaries that touch on important aspects of what TWI calls trust-based investing. Yet, just in terms of actually reading everything that comes my way, that stream can sometimes feel like a flood and I can’t help but wonder: what’s really sticking with folks …   Read more

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Challenging the Orthodoxies of Philanthropy

This piece is a repost, published on the Stanford Social Innovation Review website and written by Gabriel Kasper & Jess Ausinheiler.

Are traditional assumptions about how we “do” philanthropy preventing us from finding new and better ways of working?

Success stories about social change rarely start with large guns. But, as it turns out, there’s a lot that …   Read more

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