Giving Compass’ Take:
• National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy released a resource guide for foundations that discusses how power and privilege play into philanthropic work. The guide offers advice as to not only reflect but also take action and instill more equitable practices.
• How will this guide influence foundations and their work? How could this strengthen the relationships between grantmakers and grantees?
• Learn about Justice Funders and their commitment to building a lens of racial, gender, and socioeconomic equality for philanthropy.
Earlier this month, the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP) released Power Moves: Your Essential Philanthropy Assessment Guide for Equity and Justice, a comprehensive resource for foundations that explores the role of power and privilege in advancing equity and justice.
Acknowledging my own bias as a project advisor, I’m beyond excited to see all the different ways this assessment tool will be used to influence philanthropy, because, let’s face it, our sector has a power problem.
The power dynamic” often comes up in conversations among philanthropoids as “something to watch for” or “be mindful of.” But seldom do I see that acknowledgment lead anywhere. we’re slow as a field to move from acknowledgment to action.
The NCRP guide allows foundations of all types and sizes to explore these topics holistically through both internal reflection and outward-facing learning and offers a series of actions they can take to advance their equity and justice efforts.
A big part of my enthusiasm for the new NCRP tool is that it provides a transparent, shared way for staff to interrogate this topic, as well as a sample six-month timeline to guide your use of the tool. What it doesn’t do is prescribe a single set of answers or solutions (and it’s my belief that good tools shouldn’t — unless, of course, that prescription is for more long-term general operating support!); instead, it raises necessary questions designed to help foundations arrive at their own answers. These provocations are often hard for foundation staff to raise (I know a few who have tried and been shut down), and having a trusted resource to back you up can be hugely beneficial.
Read the full article about power in philanthropy by Jen Bokoff at PhilanTopic
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