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Weekly Reads – August 28, 2019

A roundup of timely insight from the grantmaking community and beyond.

Ten essays on the theme of analyzing DEI work through an intersectional lens, made possible by a grant from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. [more]
—Stanford Social Innovation Review

In an authorizing culture, there are visible signals to staff and board that equity is a priority for the organization, allowing team members to actively and intentionally pursue equity.” [more]
—Maya Thornell-Sandifor, Borealis Philanthropy, on Giving Compass blog

We are practitioners of participatory grantmaking, an approach where people with lived experience of issues of injustice and inequality decide where the philanthropic dollars that affect their lives go. […] We seek not only to hear the voices, but to share power through decision-making on grants.” [more]
—Participatory Grantmaking Collective, in Nonprofit Quarterly

“Civil society, and the philanthropy that funds its work, has always been America’s secret sauce. It is the place between the limits of government and the demands of the market where we are free to speak our mind, assemble our allies, and challenge the status quo.” [more]
—Greg Baldwin, VolunteerMatch, in The Chronicle of Philanthropy

The 1619 Project is a major initiative from The New York Times observing the 400th anniversary of the beginning of American slavery. Its aim: “to reframe our country’s history, understanding 1619 as our true founding, and placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of black Americans at the very center of the story we tell ourselves about who we are.” [more]