Linda S. Campbell, director of Detroit People’s Platform and founding member of Building Movement Project, reflects on what it means to build community power, secure community solutions and combine grantmaker power with community power.
Many leaders working on the front lines of efforts to secure a thriving future for marginalized communities see first-hand the disconnect between grantmakers’ desire to help these causes and how these funders effectively (or ineffectively) leverage their power.
In “Wielding Power with Community: Creating pathways for change and transformation,” Linda S. Campbell, director of Detroit People’s Platform and founding member of Building Movement Project, writes about the need to reconfigure the relationships between those who hold power over communities and the people most impacted by how those in control utilize their power.
“Public officials, grantmakers, and others in power may tap constituents for their ‘input’ at a neighborhood charrette or community meeting, but they often ultimately ignore community ideas and insights. As a result, many communities have plenty of experience with people in power telling them what is really good for them, rather than being able to speak for themselves and act on their own behalf.”
– Linda S. Campbell
Detroit People’s Platform and Building Movement Project
Wielding Power with Community: Creating pathways for change and transformation
“Wielding Power with Community: Creating pathways for change and transformation” is part of the new Power in Philanthropy series on the Stanford Social Innovation Review (SSIR) blog in collaboration with NCRP. Contributors from NCRP and nonprofit and philanthropic leaders explore popular concepts in philanthropy – such as risk, capacity building and public leadership – through the lens of power and equitable outcomes.
Power in Philanthropy is based on NCRP’s “Power Moves: Your essential philanthropy assessment guide for equity and justice.”
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Yna C. Moore is senior director of communications of NCRP. Follow @ynamoore and @ncrp on Twitter. Join the conversation on #PowerMovesEquity.