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Weekly Reads – December 13, 2019

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

Diversity, equity and inclusion require a level of trust between funders and the organizations that they support: This is hard work, it tends to air out deep organizational culture issues, and it always feels ‘high stakes.’ As funders, we need to be aware of how power dynamics implicit in our relationships affect these conversations with grantees, and we need to meet grantees where they are to show our support and trust.”  [more]
—William & Flora Hewlett Foundation

Feminist philanthropy is not a charitable act or an act of power. It is an act of solidarity and mutual empowerment, in which the solutions to the problems that women face are seen as a matter of mutual responsibility.”  [more]
—Fondo Centroamericano de Mujeres, in Alliance Magazine
The pull to act as global philanthropists, and the plaudits that come from giving generously — whether directly or indirectly — to people living without many of the basic comforts we enjoy, should be balanced with a large dose of humility and introspection.” [more]
—Ruth Levine, on CEP blog

A new study, Change Agents: The Goals and Impact of Women’s Foundations and Funds, highlights ways that women’s foundations and funds provide a model for how philanthropic groups create social change, particularly within their local communities.  [more]
—IUPUI Women’s Philanthropy Institute