More and more grantmakers are seeking to integrate “diversity, equity and inclusion” into their programs and operations. This is a positive step, but I’ve sensed a disconnect between these efforts and the realities of racism, wealth inequality and other urgent issues. Power is the missing link.
Power is the force that changes systems whether through organized people or organized money. It is the only way to achieve equitable outcomes for all communities. Unless we acknowledge and confront the role of power in perpetuating disparities, we won’t make progress in health, housing, education, criminal justice and every other major societal issue.