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Weekly Reads – March 26, 2021

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

“Today, our grantees are coping with the exhaustion, burnout, and trauma from this last year, the last four years, and even the last four hundred years. Recently, many of us have begun to invest more intentionally in the healing, sustainability, and wellness of our grantees. Systemic injustice takes a toll on a very individual human level, and as funders, we can and should resource our grantees to thrive.”  [more]
Dimple Abichandani, General Service Foundation, on Trust-Based Philanthropy

“We believe our direct-giving approach offers a blueprint for other philanthropic organizations, not only in prioritizing the needs of local entrepreneurs, but in rethinking funding strategies overall. […] The philanthropic world needs a new and more inclusive template for doing business. We need to look at new partners in our communities.”  [more]
Jane Wurwand, Wurwand Foundation

“My gender identity shapes everything about my life, just like racial identity or economic conditions have. It has made me aware of the ways that we label, categorize and put people into blocks. It’s assisted me in understanding relationships of power. It’s helped me to challenge traditional and non-inclusive understandings of leadership and the ways that we are socialized to exclude those, particularly women, who don’t fit a rigid mold of who we’ve been told a leader should be.”  [more]
Ana Oliviera, New York Women’s Foundation

“The majority of philanthropic dollars still move largely as they always have because scarcity thinking holds most funders – program officers, CEOs, and board members – back from leading true change.”  [more]
Nell Edgington, Social Velocity, on Center for Effective Philanthropy

“In 2020, Google searches for ‘ableism’ doubled. That’s good news. In order to grow, we must first recognize that there’s a problem. If you want to know more about how to eliminate ableism from your life, a good starting point is avoiding ableist language.”  [more]
Erica Mones, Popsugar