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Weekly Reads—June 10, 2022

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

“[W]e as philanthropic organizations can’t address poverty, race, and disability as separate issues. If we attempt a siloed approach, then we are not going to get to the solutions. Understanding the intertwined nature of these disparities and applying disability-explicit and race-explicit lenses are critical to achieving racial equity and economic inclusion. As we seek opportunities to close the racial wealth gap, we must take disability into account.” [more]
Helene Gayle and Rebecca Cokley for the Center for Effective Philanthropy

“Disability inclusion begins with centering qualified disabled leaders and endowing them with enough power to withstand early-stage pressures that could push them out. These stressors include tokenism and expectations that they can “fix” the organization’s culture with regard to ableism. This is long-haul culture change work. It’s not a Disability 101 training or a series of trainings. It’s not a charismatic speaker who wows the board and then leaves. Disability inclusion is a tool, not the project itself.” [more]
Ingrid Tischer, Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund, for Disability & Philanthropy Forum

“Consider [your] existing grant programs with a COVID-19 lens. How are you ensuring that your education funding addresses the lost learning and socialization time children and youth experienced during the pandemic? Is your funding for California wildfire recovery taking into account the need for non-congregate sheltering due to the pandemic? Does your funding for humanitarian recovery in Ukraine allocate for health care resources to address the compounded traumas of COVID-19 and displacement? Here are four steps you can take right now that can help invigorate your COVID-19 giving strategy.” [more]
Tanya Gulliver-Garcia, Center for Disaster Philanthropy, for Candid

“Grants managers really play the largest role in leading innovation at foundations, including looking at how we can incorporate equity in what we do. And the reason why grants managers play this role is because we can actually show how it gets done. So foundations, for example, can talk about equity, or innovation, or creativity, or risk taking, but without knowing how it can be operationalized, it’s just talk.” [more]
Adam Liebling, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, for Impact Audio