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Weekly Reads—October 29, 2021

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

“Regrantors often have the relationships and capabilities to deploy significant philanthropic capital in a way that models much of what is needed to make lasting progress—a long-term lens and trusting relationships with leaders of color and grassroots organizations. Proximate leaders and peer funders can both support funders and keep them accountable as they pursue this work.” [more]
Michael McAfee, PolicyLink; Laura Lanzerotti, The Bridgespan Group; and Marcus Walton, GEO writing for GEO

“When talking about community engagement, it’s not enough to collect ideas and experiences and take it in; it’s about more proactively creating opportunities and processes for communities to prioritize their agenda.” [more]
Hanh Cao Yu, California Endowment

“Imagine if Avengers: Endgame were set in our sector. Iron Man decides that he’s just going to spend 5% of his wealth to fight Thanos, because, you know, he wants to save 95% for future problems. S.H.I.E.L.D releases an RFP for soldiers to get funding to engage in the final battle; the application process takes eight months, but funding can’t be used on weapons or armor. Captain Marvel flies around the universe to recruit different aliens to join a think tank that after two years of focus groups and surveys releases a white paper indicating that poorer alien civilizations were more than twice as likely to be killed by Thanos. Dr. Strange stays out of the fight because it’s too political. Only Black Panther and other Wakandans show up.” [more]
Vu Le, Nonprofit AF