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Philanthropy & Organizing

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Philanthropy and Organizing: My Journey

This edition of The Forge examines the relationship between philanthropy and organizing — sometimes distant, sometimes fractious, sometimes constructive, but always deserving of scrutiny.

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Knowing What to Do Will Never Be Enough

Funder organizing” has become a common phrase, but it lacks a shared definition. What could transformative funder organizing really look like?

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Here We Go Again: Philanthropy & Movement Capture

Last summer’s protests have exposed a gilded philanthropy wholly out of step with the causes it purports to support and lacking in imagination about how to cede power to support Black-led movements. 

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Organizing Philanthropy

Three leading organizers on their experiences with philanthropy, what true partnership might look like, and why it’s so critical for philanthropy to invest in self-sustaining funding for movement organizations.

Philanthropy Can & Must Help Dismantle Racial Capitalism

If philanthropy does not take action to dismantle racial capitalism, it will remain complicit in maintaining the status quo and be unable to meet the growing needs of the most impacted communities.

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What (Economic) Liberation Requires

We need to change how the progressive movement finances grassroots power building.

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Navigating Philanthropy

Gara LaMarche talks with Jee Kim, Urvashi Vaid, and Bill Vandenberg — activists and organizers who went on to work in key positions in philanthropy — about their experiences navigating the philanthropic sector, what needs to change to shift the balance of power toward organizers, and the relationship between philanthropy and organizing today. 

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Donor Collaboration Is Necessary to Fund Movements at Scale

The economic crisis of the past year has expanded the table of funders who want to support workers, economic recovery, and power building — and helped model new relationships for future efforts.

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Organizing the Foundation Board

Cecilia Muñoz and Cecile Richards talk about their experiences sitting on foundation boards, how philanthropy’s relationship to organizing is shifting, and the most promising innovations they’re seeing in the field right now.

The Uprisings: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow

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The Uprisings: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow

This is an intergenerational collection of writers and organizers, movement and world builders, soul stirrers and table shakers, healers and the still healing.

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