Inside the Sharing Power section, you’ll find:
1. Sharing Power in Action: California Civic Participation Funders.
2. Kick-off group exercise for your assessment team, to explore questions such as:
- What does it mean to each of us to “share power” with grant partners?
- Who do we define as our community or constituency beyond grantees?
- What assumptions or fears do we have about building trust and sharing power?
3. Sample questionnaires to guide the collection of internal data and external feedback vital to your assessment. Topics include:
- How burdensome are our application, reporting and evaluation processes for applicants and grantees? Do they pose any unintentional barriers for organizations led by people of color, people with disabilities or other marginalized groups?
- How does our foundation gain honest (preferably anonymous) input and feedback from grant partners and applicants? Do we analyze the feedback with an equity lens? How do we act on this feedback?
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:
- In what ways is the foundation demonstrating trust in its grant partners? How are grantees showing they trust us?
- What do other community stakeholders think of the foundation, and do our prioritized communities see us as a true partner?
- How would sharing power more than the foundation does now help us better achieve our goals? What would be reasons not to further share power?
5. Next steps tools, including:
- A visual aid to see where you are on the continuum, from beginning to share power to fully sharing power.
- Several tips for implementing new power-sharing strategies, such as: honing cultural competency, humility and skill in developing honest relationships.
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.