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Weekly Reads – May 15, 2020

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

“In the next several months and years, funders will roll out well-intentioned funding to affected communities. As they do so, we urge them to upend grant making by trusting the communities they seek to serve to know best where to put the money in their movements. We are firm believers in the motto of the disability rights movement: ‘Nothing about us without us.'” [more]
– Diana Samarasan, Disability Rights Fund, and Katy Love, in The Chronicle of Philanthropy

“For many marginalized people, crisis is ever-present and opportunities for philanthropists acting with urgency abound. We now know that what seems impossible is not. What seems inevitable is not either. Community organizations serving people of color are vital, and they hold unique expertise, relationships, and experience. We must set them up with the resources, power, and access to thrive so they can help sustain progress in this recovery and through the next crisis when it comes.” [more]
– Antony Bugg-Levine, Nonprofit Finance Fund, in The Chronicle of Philanthropy

“Conversations among grantmakers are already moving beyond relief to recovery. We know the pandemic will require long-term investments and new infrastructure from government and philanthropy. We know that the way out of this will require extraordinary measures. We know that there is no “return to normal.” We must engage the people most affected by inequity as decision-makers in our efforts to solve the problems in front of us: Nothing about us, without us, is for us.” [more]
– Eleanor Savage, Grantmakers in the Arts blog