The ultimate library of resources for building, sharing and wielding power

Case studies, articles, reports and other tools to enrich your Power Moves journey.

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maximizing my impact on equity and justice.

Learn from these stories of grantmakers that are effectively building, sharing or wielding power to achieve equity goals.

Check here frequently to see new examples of best practice for each power dimension.

Building healthy communities by building community power: The California Endowment  

Strengthening neighborhoods through community engagement: Brooklyn Community Foundation 

Stepping up for racial healing and reconciliation: Deaconess Foundation  

Adapting grant processes to advance equity: California Wellness Foundation  

Fostering an engaged citizenry: Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation

Centering equity in education: William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund 

Bringing community into decision-making: Hyams Foundation  

BUILDing sustainable social justice partners: Ford Foundation 

2 Years and counting: The Field Foundation’s equity journey 

Commitment to racial equity: Consumer Health Foundation  

Funding under-resourced communities to build power and be their own agents of change: Novo Foundation 

Funding cross-cutting approaches: Groundswell Fund

Fund for the long term while also being responsive to emerging or urgent opportunities: The California Endowment

Long-term operating support: Sandler Foundation

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

Adapting grantmaking processes: Brooklyn Community Foundation

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

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


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Additional resources to help you in your power journey

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Delve deeply into diversity, equity, inclusion, risk and other key concepts related to power from leading experts and practitioners in the sector.


Sample questionnaires, worksheets and other materials to facilitate your
power journey.

Blog posts

Check out blog posts related to the Power Moves toolkit:

Beyond the usual suspects: Community feedback for funders

Power Moves at 1 year: Biggest obstacles and next steps

Power Moves at 1 year: Broad reach, early signs of impact

Philanthropy’s power to disrupt tyranny – starting with itself

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

Is your board ready to advance equity?

2 Place-based equity funders hold up a mirror to examine their power

Recent calls for foundation engagement leave out grantees and communities they serve

Wield power to yield change: Anecdotes and tips from the field

3 Reasons why grantmakers don’t face power head on

What shifting power in philanthropy looks like from a community’s perspective

How can grantmakers be accountable when they have little oversight?

New season, new opportunities to explore power and equity

Family foundations benefit from diverse boards

What does wielding philanthropic power ethically and courageously look like?

Philanthropic leadership is not about control

Board governance as the ultimate expression of power-sharing

The power of families

Power in Philanthropy: A new SSIR blog series

Philanthropy experts swap tips on sharing power

Calling nonprofits: Avenues for challenging power dynamics with funders

Building community power: A philanthropic strategy and an end goal

Power Moves in the South

The time is now: Building power to achieve health equity

Leading by example: Addressing racial equity through incremental change

Reckoning with racial terrorism and white culture: A family foundation’s journey

Power: One of three provocations for funders to face the ‘fierce urgency of now’

Why examining power and privilege is critical to shifting culture in philanthropy

Announcing Power Moves for funders!

Announcing Power Moves for consultants!

Re-imagining philanthropy’s power structure to address inequities

Are you ready for a vision of philanthropy?

Making Power Moves: Why the best moment is now


Bonus reading

Gentrification of movements: 4 Ways funders can stop putting raisins in the potato salad
by Vanessa Daniel, Groundswell Fund

In pursuit of equity: A family foundation’s story
by Cynthia Addams and Colin Jones, The Collins Foundation

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“Grantmakers and foundations often have a difficult time moving from conversation to practice when tackling a difficult topic in-house at their organization. POWER MOVES is a thoughtful guide designed with and for grantmakers looking to refocus the lens through which they address racial equity and social justice. No matter where you are on that important journey, you’ll find something in this toolkit for you!”

Timothy McCue
Director of Grant Programs, Potomac Health Foundation
Power Moves Advisory Committee Member

POWER MOVES:  Your essential philanthropy assessment guide

POWER MOVES: Your essential philanthropy assessment guide

Uncover how your philanthropy can break through barriers to lasting equitable impact with this comprehensive, one-of-a-kind self-assessment tool.  

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Supporting systemic change by funding civic engagement, advocacy and community organizing among marginalized communities.

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Nurturing transparent, trusting relationships and co-creating strategies with stakeholders 

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Exercising public leadership beyond grantmaking to create equitable, catalytic change.

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Each foundation is in a different place. Find out if your organization is ready to embark on its Power Moves journey with this Readiness Assessment Checklist. 

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Meet the leading experts and practitioners from the sector who provided invaluable guidance during the development of Power Moves

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