How to Give Feedback to Your Funders—Especially When It’s Hard

In 2014, the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP) launched an innovative initiative called Philamplify, which evolved into Power Moves. It promoted open, honest feedback to challenge the culture of deference in philanthropy. Back then, we saw how lack of truth-telling in philanthropy, compounded by nonprofits’ fear of reprisals, stood in the way of authentic, impactful relationships needed to implement systemic strategies that can advance racial equity. Today, the urgency of Covid-19, protests against police violence, climate upheaval, and other crises place heightened pressure on grantmakers to listen, learn, and engage in forthright dialogue with nonprofit partners and the communities they serve. Now, we ask ourselves, six years later is that fear still pervasive today?

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