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Weekly Reads – July 31, 2020

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

“How can philanthropists learn from the people in the streets and reimagine risk?” [more]
– Mekaelia Davis, Surdna Foundation, in Stanford Social Innovation Review

“[T]o those [funders] who are continuing to sit on the sidelines: Think long and hard about what you owe our country in this moment. Is your discomfort in funding outside your program areas or taking this issue to your board anything like that of John Lewis’ when he faced bullwhips and beatings?” [more]
– Crystal Haling, Libra Foundation, in Inside Philanthropy

“Foundation leaders are motivated by a moral and strategic imperative for philanthropic advocacy, as well as a conviction that, at its best, philanthropic engagement in policy elevates unheard voices, advances justice and equity, fuels democracy, and holds government to account. We re seeing this in action [… and …] encourage funders on the fence about policy engagement to boldly step into the policy realm and be fearless advocates for their mission.” [more]
– Naomi Orensten, Center for Effective Philanthropy

“To be anti-racist is to believe in the word now. Patience is a dirty word to those incarcerated by inequity. Patience is a nasty word to those with injustice kneeing down on their neck.” [more]
– Ibram Kendi, in The Atlantic