Embark on a Power Moves journey to uncover how well you are exercising public leadership beyond your grantmaking to catalyze equitable, lasting change.
Our research shows that funders who successfully and responsibly leverage their reputation, financial assets and capacity to advance equitable goals follow these guidelines:
- They convene grantees and community stakeholders while playing supportive participant roles at other convening tables.
- They organize and collaborate with peers in philanthropy and other sectors such as government.
They bring visibility to issues and elevate the voices of marginalized community members by using their reputation and expertise to inform, raise awareness and advocate.
How well are you wielding power?
Inside the Wielding Power section, you’ll find:
1. Wielding Power in action: The Pittsburgh Foundation.
2. Kick-off group exercise for your assessment team, to explore questions such as:
- What does it mean for our foundation and its leaders to wield power?
- What are our positive associations with the idea of wielding power? What excites us about this?
- How have we seen peers or our community successfully wield power?
3. Sample questionnaires to guide the collection of internal data and external feedback vital to your assessment. Topics include:
- Does the foundation have guidelines for taking public stands on current issues or events? How often has a leader of the foundation taken public stands in the last year?
- Has the foundation used its convening, communications and engagement tools to amplify the positions, voices and activities of marginalized constituencies?
- Has the foundation ever offered to use its assets and investment tools to support grantee or community goals?
4. Discussion guide to help you make meaning of the synthesized internal and external data and feedback and engage in group reflection. Examples of questions include:
- What kinds of leadership strategies (if any) are we pursuing?
- What kinds of leadership strategies (if any) do we seem to be avoiding?
- How might some of these leadership strategies help us better achieve our goals? The goals of our grant partners?
- How do we need to show up as a leader to most effectively support the issue or community we care about?
5. Next steps tools, including:
- A visual aid to see where you are on the continuum, from beginning to wield power to fully wielding power.
- Several tips for implementing new power-wielding strategies, such as: anticipating pushback when you advocate on issues.
Not sure if you’re ready for a Power Moves self-assessment?
Find out with this Readiness Assessment Checklist. And if you’re not yet ready, the checklist offers next steps to get you closer to a Power Moves self-assessment.
We’re here to help.
Don’t know where to start? Our Philamplify team can help you on your power journey for equity and justice. Contact us at (202) 387-9177 x31 or firstname.lastname@example.org.