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Philanthropy must practice vulnerability to catalyze change

Written by: Eleni Refu

Date: February 21, 2020

In an age where social media pressures us to present a picture-perfect version of ourselves, it can be hard to remember that each of us have some source of vulnerability – that part of ourselves that… Read More

3 Things small funders can do to turn racial equity rhetoric into reality

Written by: Ryan Schlegel

Date: February 04, 2020

It’s easy to forget, in a sector where Gateses, Fords, Lillys and Hewletts dominate the discourse, that most institutional philanthropies are small, leanly staffed, little-known foundations. In any given year, roughly a quarter of all U.S.… Read More

4 Questions to sit with as you learn to let communities lead

Written by: Walter Howell, Lauri Valerio

Date: December 17, 2019

Good things happen when funders shift power to communities. It’s “regenerative.” We “actually get outcomes that work” and “build a groundswell for change.” But it’s hard to “give up power and build trust,” to “learn about… Read More

Staff are clear and transparent in communication with grantees: The California Endowment

Written by: Lisa Ranghelli

Date: August 27, 2019

Editor’s note: The following is a Power Moves toolkit Power in Practice example. "We need more humility from TCE and less arrogance; we need more true partnership and less top-down; we need more input into decisions – and not… Read More

Staff are highly responsive in communication with grantees: New Media Ventures

Written by: Lisa Ranghelli

Date: August 20, 2019

Editor’s note: The following is a Power Moves toolkit Power in Practice example. “Funding exclusively through referrals can limit what funders see and increase the risk of confirmation bias – one of the reasons white men are so… Read More

Beyond the usual suspects: Community feedback for funders

Written by: Seema Shah

Date: August 13, 2019

We all know the joke about funders: Become a funder and suddenly you’re the funniest, smartest and best-looking person in the room. Like any joke, there’s an underlying truth to it, one that highlights the inherent… Read More


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