As a woman of color and small business owner, I see little opportunity for growth within the foundation community. While there’s all sorts of conversation about racial equity “in the work,” I’ve seen little evidence that philanthropy has updated its own internal practices to reflect these sentiments.Read More
The Funder requested—after 15 years of successful applications—that the occupations of the parents of Youth of Resources’ board members be disclosed in order to prove their eligibility. YAR refused, arguing that doing so would constitute a traumatic invasion of privacy. YAR further argued that the disclosure of this information would not serve to prove their eligibility. YAR’s 2016 application was denied.
Our story is being told, not just the story happening between grantees and foundations, but as one of the many stories with devastating impacts for numerous organizations, especially people of color-led organizations, and communities of color. Though our story describes exasperating funding practices, more than inherent racially inequitable practices, as a people of color-led network, we experience differing impacts.Read More
An important part the accountability process and calling a foundation in to share the impact of their inequitable practices and to discuss changes that need to be made requires us to inform them prior to the release of the story.
This post kicks off “Liberate Philanthropy,” a new blog series curated by Justice Funders to reimagine philanthropy free of its current constraints — the accumulation and privatization of wealth, and the centralization of power and control — to one that redistributes wealth, democratizes power and shifts economic control to communities.Read More
Accountability between funders and grantees is critical, yet typically that accountability is one-way, with funders rarely asking for honest feedback on their own performance.Read More