Many working for a fair, equitable and just future for our communities are bracing for a tough year ahead. Divisive rhetoric will continue, as will attempts to rollback progress on critical social, economic and environmental issues.
“But there’s room for hope,” says Aaron Dorfman, chief executive of the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP) in a letter published in the latest edition of the organization’s journal. “Hope that, with unity, hard work and passion for what is good and just, tides will turn. And hope that [donors] will step up as essential partners of that work.”
The January 2018 edition of “Responsive Philanthropy” features new articles on some of the various ways that funders can use their resources to protect democracy and help those who are underserved and marginalized.
Jason Franklin, co-founder and co-chair of the Solidaire Donor Network and chair of the Proteus Fund, writes about the tremendous wave of small donations and activism in support of progressive social movements and resistance efforts. He offers five concrete ways for major donors and grantmakers to build on this momentum in the year ahead.
Andrea Levere, chief executive of Prosperity Now, lifts up Emerson Collective’s approach to supporting its grantees beyond the grant. She encourages other funders to provide “the right kind of capital with high-quality training and services designed to strengthen the leadership and the organization’s ability to meet its goals on its own terms.”
In 2014, a landmark report forced the mainstream environmental movement to recognize how it has been marginalizing men and women of color. Michael Roberts, program manager at Schmidt Family Foundation’s 11th Hour Project, shares three important lessons from the fund’s own racial equity journey spurred by the report’s findings.
There’s a growing interest among funders in community-led grantmaking. NCRP’s Caitlin Duffy interviewed Gabriel Foster, co-founder and executive director of the Trans Justice Funding Project, to discuss how the fund is putting members of trans communities across the country at the center of its grantmaking processes.
This edition of the journal also highlights NCRP supporter The California Wellness Foundation. Cal Wellness asked its grantees what they needed as a result of the 2016 elections. Learn how the foundation responded and what it’s asking other funders to do.
Let us know what you think of these stories in the comments or on Twitter @NCRP. Photo by Janay Richmond.