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Weekly Reads—May 14, 2021

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

“Always, and especially now, in this clear moment of public reckoning for racial justice and a right relationship with the land, are we redistributing wealth to the communities from whom wealth, culture and land is violently extracted?” [more]
Kathryn Gilje, Ceres Trust, on Justice Funders

“During a time when many of us in philanthropy are confronting our own roles in perpetuating systemic inequity, I’ve come to understand that my class privilege and white advantages blinded me to the problems facing the organization. I failed as a grant maker to ask myself fundamental questions about what the Prison Birth Project needed to thrive—namely, the pay, benefits, and working conditions that would allow staff to support their own families and personal well-being while also fighting for the incarcerated women of Massachusetts.” [more]
Lisa Ranghelli, senior director of evaluation and learning at the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy

“A.I.’s potential for transforming human learning and experience also sparks unease and raises fundamental questions. Who should control the creation and use of these tools? Are we comfortable handing a small group of technologists the keys to our social and economic development engine? And what role should philanthropy play in protecting the most vulnerable and ensuring that A.I. benefits the greater good?” [more]
Vilas Dhar, The Patrick J. McGovern Foundation, and Kay Firth-Butterfield, World Economic Forum

“These are not case studies but insights and peeks behind the curtains of six foundation practice partners [in the Equitable Evaluation Initiative. … As they] share here, once you understand and see how narrowly these constructs have been defined, it cannot be unseen. The only option is to be, think and do evaluative work differently.” [more]
Shifting the Evaluation Paradigm: The Equitable Evaluation Framework, Grantmakers for Effective Organizations