Look closer at underlying needs that require charity

The National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP) refers to this as band aid philanthropy. An alternative approach is social change oriented philanthropy that locates the roots causes of disadvantage in the structures and systems, which past and present, advantage some people and communities, and disadvantage other people and communities.

It is relatively easy to climb, peddle, and run, to wine, dine, and dance, to drop coins and dollars in a kettle, and for the most advantaged among us to write a sizable check. What is not so easy is to have authentic conversations about ‘disadvantage’ and ‘advantage’ in our community.

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