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Weekly Reads – September 11, 2020

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

“Why is it so important to capitalize ‘Black’ […] Correcting language may seem performative, a distraction from making real policy changes that impact Black Americans. But two things can exist at once: We can fight for a more racially just America and fight for a more inclusive, racially aware language.” [more]
— Brittany Wong, HuffPost

“The way we talk about risk as a concept in philanthropy really needs to be reconsidered. In my opinion, it is coded with lots of white supremacy around who is worthy of investment. Who can we trust? It’s a conversation about trust, which we code as risk.” [more]
— Takema Robinson, Greater New Orleans Funders Network, in The Chronicle of Philanthropy

“The political agendas of … philanthropic advocacy organizations have focused for too long on the wrong end of tax policy […] circumvent[ing] the most important issue: how our existing tax structure enables unjust accumulation by the already wealthy.” [more]
— Lucy Bernholtz, Stanford University’s Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society, in The Chronicle of Philanthropy