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Weekly Reads – July 10, 2020

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

“Trust-based philanthropy seeks to alleviate these systemic power imbalances by challenging the ‘prove it to earn it’ mentality of traditional philanthropy, of which BIPOC-led organizations often bear the brunt. When you have a sector that is 83% white, built upon white-dominant frames of what deems an organization ‘good’ or ‘trustworthy,’ it is impossible to deny the inherent inequities.” [more]
– Shaady Salehi, Trust-Based Philanthropy Project

“You shouldn’t hurt just for me or your Black friends. We’ve done such a good job at segregation in America that we even segregate pain.” [more]
– Shawn Escoffery, Roy + Patricia Disney Family Foundation, in The Chronicle of Philanthropy

“Those closest to the problems are closest to the solutions; we must ensure that the women who experience the deepest economic impacts are seated at the tables of power. Because of their deep, cross-sector relationships and the trust of front-line service providers, women’s funds and foundations are well-positioned to champion and channel resources to the areas of greatest need within their communities.” [more]
– Elizabeth Barajas-Román, Women’s Funding Network, in Forbes

“Racial inequity is baked into philanthropic norms. Sadly, most Black leaders in the nonprofit world have come to accept that the tragic parental advice – you must work twice as hard and expect half as much – applies even in a field that increasingly expresses a commitment to racial equity.[more]
– Rodney Foxworth and Antony Bugg-Levine, in The Chronicle of Philanthropy

“Engaging in public policy requires the long view [… and movements have] demanded more of their champions than was likely anticipated – more time, greater energy, smarter strategy, additional funding, sufficient perseverance to carry on when events conspired against them, and the shrewdness to take advantage of unanticipated opportunities. Most of all, however, these campaigns have demanded patience.” [more]
– Sandra Swirski, Alliance for Charitable Reform, and Joanne Florino, The Philanthropy Roundtable, on Center for Effective Philanthropy