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Weekly Reads—July 9, 2021

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

“If you are rushing to feel normal and not do anything different than before—then you truly have not sat through discomfort, and you have not taken into account the privileges that are allowing you to opt out when the world needed to take such a devastating pause. … Community-centric fundraising is, in essence, a method to change the fundraising we’ve known. However, it doesn’t mean that somewhere in the multiverse, there aren’t many other ways of fundraising that are also more equitable.” [more]
Carlos García León, Community-Centric Fundraising

“To be expansive in our thinking, and to truly dismantle the system of white supremacy, we expand our micro power based on our proximity and access to power, authority, and influence. How much we choose to use our micro power as it expands and contracts is in direct proportion to how much we want to interrupt current inequitable power systems and the active decision to share our own power with Black people who have been disenfranchised systematically. If your goal is anti-racism, and if your access to resources is significant, the greater the change you can make and the greater your responsibility.” [more]
Funlola Otukoya, McKnight Foundation

“In a new survey of nonprofit and foundation communications professionals by The Communications Network, [the organization was] encouraged by data suggesting that organizations are turning to DEI principles in their day-to-day operations as well as in strategic planning for messaging, storytelling, and other aspects of their work.” [more]
Drew Lindsay, The Chronicle of Philanthropy