Giving Compass’ Take:
• National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy discusses the social justice movements led by young people and urges funders to find ways to harness the new energy in supportive ways.
• It’s especially important to amplify the voices of young activists of color and engage with them when it comes to community-based solutions.
While the events of the past year-and-a-half have left many frustrated, angry and disappointed, they’ve also moved many people to take action with their dollars and voices.
“From #BlackLivesMatter to #MeToo and #NeverAgain, we’re seeing a spike in civic engagement that makes me hopeful for the future of our country,” wrote Aaron Dorfman, chief executive of the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP). “We must capitalize on this moment and turn increased activism into lasting change.”
Foundations and other donors will find actionable insights on how funders can take advantage of this moment in the May 2018 edition of “Responsive Philanthropy” published by NCRP.
“People care about issues like gender and racial equity, and they think more needs to be done,” notes Michael Perry, co-founder, and Kathleen Perry, senior analyst, of PerryUndem, in an article that highlights findings from their recent public opinion research. They offer four key takeaways for funders to take advantage of what they call the “conversation movement” to make progress on these and other issues that majority of the public thinks are important.
For Austin Belali, director of the Youth Engagement Fund, the youth-led #NeverAgain movement is a reminder of the urgent need to build the capacity of youth civic participation especially among youth of color, those from rural areas and other underserved communities. He offers important considerations for financial and non-financial supporters to ensure that they are helping long-term engagement of young people that leads to lasting positive change.
Read the full article about today’s activist youth and how funders can support them at ncrp.org.
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