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Weekly Reads – March 12, 2021

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

“Although how support to communities and governments in the Global South has been periodically tweaked through reform efforts, not a whole lot has changed in terms of the underlying assumptions and values that underpin it. Likewise, the expansion of private money flowing from philanthropy and civil society in the Global North over the past few decades, while aspiring to be innovative and ‘people-centered’ is often centered on the givers’ values and norms.” [more]
– Pat Scheid, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

“Time’s up. We are in transformative, revolutionary times, both socially and environmentally. We’re not asking anymore. We’re not just calling out, we’re calling in. Calling for a fuller understanding and reckoning of Indigenous power and community self-determination.” [more]
– Gaby Strong, NDN Foundation

“We must recognize that the journey of committing, and re-committing, to centering Black feminist organizing and leadership begins with taking the lead from Black women on the ground rather dictating the strategies, as philanthropy is known to do.” [more]
– Aleyamma Mathew, Collective Future Fund, and Nicolette Naylor, Ford Foundation, in Nonprofit Quarterly

“Despite their outsized economic role, Black and Latinx women had the thinnest financial cushion at the onset of the crisis. They had little or no savings […and…] were hit first and hardest by layoffs. Today, Latinx and Black women face the highest rates of unemployment, at 8.8 percent and 8.5 percent, respectively. […] If we truly want to ‘build back better’ we need bold solutions that address the legacy and realities of racism and sexism that have left women of color with so little wealth to begin with.” [more]
– Elena Chávez Quezada, San Francisco Foundation, and Heather McCulloch, Closing the Women’s Wealth Gap