Pull It Together: A Call for a New Model of Social Change and “Systems Philanthropy”

Navigating all these contending priorities is a tall order, especially for nonprofits with limited time and resources. But grantmakers have more leeway if they choose to exercise it. According to the report, some funders are becoming more open to “systems philanthropy,” in which they “see themselves in the system, not apart, as capital sitting on the sidelines.” Recent experimentation with impact investing, though not the tidal wave some expected it to be, is promising. So are attempts to examine questions of power and equity in a sector where, good intentions aside, we often see privileged funders giving to privileged grantees. NCRP, the Women Donors Network, and the Solidaire Network have been leaders in that regard, among others.

Read the entire article in Inside Philanthropy.