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“Where’re you from and what are you?” Is your label celebrated?

Written by: Beverley Samuda-Wylder, Ryan Schlegel

Date: May 31, 2019

  "Where you from?" Nice people have demanded this of me for most of my life with good intentions, but oblivious to my discomfort and hesitancy. Because of the way I speak, I stand in an unwanted… Read More

Philanthropy must exclusively support causes that indicate a love of humanity

Written by: Dr. Abbas Barzegar , Zainab Arain

Date: May 30, 2019

Philanthropy possesses a checkered history. It is simultaneously responsible for developing some of our country’s greatest public resources while also leaving marginalized communities in the dark. At its worst, philanthropy has supported causes that poison our… Read More

Leaving Venezuela behind: A refugee crisis and the philanthropic response

Written by: Amalia Brindis Delgado

Date: May 29, 2019

Updated 6/6/19. “Why would we ever leave?” That was a sentiment I heard over and over from my cousins and friends when I returned to Venezuela every summer as I was growing up. There was a… Read More

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


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