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Philanthropy’s power to disrupt tyranny – starting with itself

Written by: Jeanné Lewis

Date: May 23, 2019

In the past 10 years, philanthropy has become increasingly comfortable with conversations about advancing equity. But NCRP CEO Aaron Dorfman rightfully notes that grant dollars and better grantmaking practices haven’t kept pace with rhetoric. The idea… Read More

Shifting power to shape the future: Is woke a possibility for foundations?

Written by: Makiyah Moody

Date: May 21, 2019

I try not to be cynical, but over the last 2 years “equity” has become a bumper sticker – an appendage that organizations slap on their requests for proposals, brochures and websites to communicate that they… Read More

Commitment to innovation: John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

Written by: Lisa Ranghelli

Date: May 16, 2019

Editor’s note: The following is a Power Moves toolkit Power in Practice example. “In many cases, Knight is the first funder of that particular project or initiative. Catalyzing a lot of experimentation and change … My perspective is… Read More

Philanthropy’s Asian American exclusion problem

Written by: Stephanie Peng

Date: May 14, 2019

In April, NCRP launched the Movement Investment Project, a new initiative to help foundations and donors better connect their resources with grassroots movements for social justice. This year the Movement Investment Project is focusing on the… Read More

Can we build equity in the “gap”?

Written by: Lauren Beriont, Leah Josephson, Mary Mattson

Date: May 09, 2019

As social impact and nonprofit consultants, we get to work in the gap – where we’re able to leverage social change from inside and outside of nonprofit and philanthropic institutions. But this positionality presents its challenges:… Read More

Serving immigrant communities requires funding advocacy everywhere

Written by: Johanna Calle

Date: May 08, 2019

Babies being separated from their families and put in cages at the southern border. Small children tear-gassed as they seek refuge in the U.S. Those of us who have been haunted by the images can feel… Read More


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