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Weekly Reads – February 19, 2021

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

“It is important to not rush the process between resistance and rebuilding. We can’t afford to skip steps, especially if we work alongside with or on behalf of people who experienced direct trauma related to the policies and rhetoric of the past four years. These conversations are important ones to have at every level, including within our organizations and movements.” [more]
– Deepa Iyer, Building Movement Project

“For decades, social entrepreneurs—predominantly white, heterosexual, cisgender men—have forced their own solutions onto Indigenous communities. […] To solve the most pressing issues for Indigenous communities—and for the world at large—power and autonomy must be given to Indigenous people themselves.” [more]
– Nick Tilden, NDN Collective, in Stanford Social Innovation Review

“The lessons we learned this past year from COVID-19, the economic crisis, the racial reckoning and clarity about anti-Blackness, anti-Asian hostility (which stems from anti-Blackness), and the erosion of democracy are paid with blood. Let’s truly make cents out of the senseless by ensuring that our philanthropic responses are worth their weight in gold.” [more]
– Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy

“Foundations: You recognize what we’re up against and what we’re solving for. You see first-hand the critical support services we offer. And most importantly, you know us. […] And it is because of our closeness and longstanding relationships that I’m leaning on the foundation community to release your nonprofit partners from the tight grip of applications, reporting, marketing requests, required trainings, and cohort models—from this moment and until the world regains its sanity. To put it bluntly: Nobody has time for that.” [more]
– Jami Duffy, Youth on Record, in Nonprofit Quarterly