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Weekly Reads—September 3, 2021

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

“Being a proximate leader is about much more than being exposed to or studying a group’s struggles; it’s about actually being a part of that group or being meaningfully guided by that group’s input, ideas, agendas, and assets. […] Leaders who are proximate to the communities and issues they serve have the experience, relationships, data, and knowledge that are essential for developing solutions with measurable and sustainable impact. Proximate leaders also can recognize and leverage assets within communities that are often overlooked or misunderstood when viewed through a dominant culture lens.” [more]
Tulaine Montgomery, New Profit, on Skoll Foundation

“Encouraging equal opportunity to the salary negotiation process doesn’t ensure equal outcomes — it only further legitimizes a system that only continues to perpetuate sexism, racism, ableism, and many other -isms. The only way to ensure pay equity is to change the system. … So, I honestly and humbly propose a policy of non-negotiation. Do not negotiate with any new hires — inform them about your compensation philosophy, your policy of non-negotiation, your reasons for doing so, and the equitable outcomes you are striving for.” [more]
Erika Chen, Consultant and Co-Founder of the Community-Centric Fundraising Movement

“We all have come to realize that we’re not going to make change incrementally. It has to be transformative. So, unleash and catch onto the tail of your radical imagination and let that take you into the future that we need. Fund radical imaginations all across the country for sustainable transformative change.” [more]
Angela Glover Blackwell, PolicyLink, on California Black Freedom Fund

“We’re witnessing a re-imagining of how the philanthropic sphere can approach issues of social and racial justice. Donors of color are leading initiatives to drive change and tackle inequities from the past year, and those efforts are also being more frequently recognized and supported by institutional funders outside of communities of color.” [more]
Una O. Osili, Dean’s Fellow of the Mays Family Institute on Diverse Philanthropy, Lily Family School of Philanthropy