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Weekly Reads—January 14, 2022

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

“Ensure you are devoting time to building trust and relationships with Indigenous nonprofits while keeping in mind the historical contexts, understanding the feeling of mistrust, and investing in honest communication. It is also important to keep in mind that Native populations are not a monolith. Work to understand tribal sovereignty, historical trauma, institutional racism, and health inequities, as well as the incredible strength and resilience of Indigenous peoples across Indian Country to create authentic partnerships with Native communities.” [more]
Melissa Buffalo, American Indian Cancer Foundation, for the Center for Effective Philanthropy

“Grant makers need to provide early and sustained support to nonprofits working at all levels to protect the country’s core democratic systems — including the census, redistricting, and elections. … Thanks to our work together on the 2020 census, grant makers are increasingly aware that their philanthropic goals rely on the proper functioning of core democratic institutions — and that linking arms with other foundations means we can accomplish things we never imagined possible.” [more]
Gary D. Bass, Bauman Foundation; Lisa M. Hamilton, Annie E. Casey Foundation; La June Montgomery Tabron, W.K. Kellogg Foundation; Barbara Picower, JPB Foundation; Ann B. Stern, Houston Endowment; and Darren Walker, Ford Foundation for the Chronicle of Philanthropy

“[F]unders tend to promote collaboration amongst the AAPI community without fully understanding the distinctions within our population. What might work for one AAPI ethnic group cannot be ‘duplicated and scaled’ for another AAPI ethnic group. … Encouraging AAPI nonprofits to collaborate should be done thoughtfully, and should also be reflected by funders in developing their own collective philanthropic strategies and activities to support the community.” [more]
Vivian Long, Long Family Foundation, for the Center for Effective Philanthropy