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Weekly Reads—December 10, 2021

Enjoy PEAK’s weekly roundup of timely insights from the grantmaking community and beyond.

“Movements should not have to rely on heartbreaking headlines to drive the flow of future resources. We can build on new funding commitments by centering racial justice in all our grantmaking.” [more]
Dimple Abichandani, General Service Foundation, for Trust-Based Philanthropy Project

“The philanthropic sector is beginning to recognize disability inclusion as a core element in its justice work and acknowledges that each grantmaking organization is at a different stage in its disability inclusion journey. Today we are sharing our personal experiences to reflect on the potential of an intersectional, cross-sector approach that will advance justice for all.” [more]
Ayanna Pressley, US Representative for Massachusetts’ 7th Congressional District, and Rebecca Cokley, Ford Foundation, for Stanford Social Innovation Review

“Consulting staff and building in consent processes take an inordinate amount of staff time and resources when (let’s be honest) funders glance two seconds at the demographics, if they even look at all. Given that capitalist reality, isn’t collecting informed demographic data a waste of time? Well, let me phrase it this way: Is respecting people’s identities a waste of time? When we ask ourselves that question, we’re more open to change, and hopefully, we’ll move quickly and operationalize collecting staff and board demographics with an inclusion and equity lens.” [more]
Allison Celosia, California Immigrant Policy Center, for Community-Centric Fundraising