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Weekly Reads—March 4, 2022

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

“We must fund nonprofit partners so they have the space and time to learn and reflect, too. In a time of misinformation, it is even more important that social justice organizations of all sizes and missions are supported in movement building, political education, and learning activities. We can learn alongside our grantee partners when we create containers safe enough for hard truths to be shared and their lessons to be excavated.” [more]
Amoretta Morris, Borealis Philanthropy

“Building power is essential if we want to see change. Donors and foundations help communities build power by funding advocacy, community organizing and movement building, and by providing multi-year general operating support.” [more]
Aaron Dorfman, National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy

“As our colleagues at PEAK grantmaking noted in their hot-off-the press suite of resources, Driving Equity With Demographic Data Collection: ‘While many funders are exploring demographics to substantiate their claims with respect to advancing equity, others are recognizing what social, political, and biological scientists have known for decades: demographics matter for impact. The more funders know about who is—and who is not—reached by their initiatives, the more insight funders have about intentional and unintentional impacts.’ Yet, most foundation leaders in our recent study said that their foundation does not currently collect demographic data from grantees, and, relatedly, just over half say that they do not have an approach for determining whether an organization is led by the people from the community it serves.” [more]
Katarina Malmgren and Naomi Orensten, Center for Effective Philanthropy