Skip to content
PEAK Grantmaking

Weekly Reads – September 6, 2019

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

I advise other philanthropists to invest and operate with an eye on three levers of change – programs, policy, and power. […] Don’t be afraid to support advocacy. Changing the rules of the game is an important lever that philanthropists can and should be attentive to. Finally, we have to work on helping the people most harmed by systems, who don’t have a voice at decision-making tables, build power. We can do this by funding and supporting grassroots organizing and movements.”  [more]
—Lisa Hamilton, Annie E. Casey Foundation, on BlackHer

Philanthropy has a vital role to play in advancing a collaborative cross-sector strategy that drives lasting systemic change and envisions communities where [immigrant] families are safe and belonging is nurtured.” [more]
—Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees

On this journey of learning, interrogation, reflection, and action, we share this update [on our Just Imperative initiative] to hold ourselves accountable, for constructive feedback, and to contribute what we are doing and learning as part of this essential effort underway in philanthropy and beyond.”  [more]
—MacArthur Foundation

Philanthropy’s growing focus on impact, in and of itself is a valuable idea, but it often becomes an insurmountable obstacle for most arts organizations when addressing their core activity— making art. […] How do you measure in an online survey that a person who just experienced a play may be transformed by it?”  [more]
—Susan Medak, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, in Inside Philanthropy