This month we’re highlighting articles around accountability, philanthro-capitalism, somatics, and the strategic power of collective organizing. We hope these articles inspire you to delve in deeply about how to be accountable and to reflect on the impact of racism and white supremacy.
Living with Disasters and Disabilities.
We asked NCG's board, staff, and membership to weigh-in on how they're balancing this question. This month we spoke with Reneé Espinoza, Director of Program Strategy, Metta Fund, who shared Metta Fund's work advancing equity in aging and what's keeping her up at night.
It’s going to take some time for me to get used to hearing a president deliver, “a cry for racial justice some 400 years in the making” – a mandate to defeat white supremacy. In philanthropy, as elsewhere, we have an extraordinary opportunity to explore and deepen anti-racist practices. How might we disrupt the flow of resources to organized actors championing White supremacist ideals? How do we channel increased resources to Black, Brown, Indigenous, and other leaders and activists upholding democracy, confronting racism, demanding economic and political inclusion? These questions animate my interview with Karen Grove, Trustee of The Grove Foundation, as we discussed her efforts to enliven the foundation’s vision: that “all people have the resources, respect and sense of belonging to live and contribute fully as themselves, in safety, and with joy.”
Acting on our ‘duty to care’
The events of the first week of January hit us hard and brought up different emotions. We quickly pivoted to curating a new list of articles to have us reflect on the history of white supremacist violence, the disparities of who gets policed, and the illusion of a democracy that isn’t for all people.
Well, it didn’t take long for 2021 to remind us that the journey back from the edge of an abyss will not be a gentle one. Last Wednesday showed us we will need to advance racial equity to achieve a functioning democracy. And if democracy fails, we cannot sustain racial equity. The insurrection at the Capitol on January 6th undermines both.
In a year of memorable moments, I keep coming back to a conversation I had with my cousin Harold that is shaping my entry into 2021. Harold lives in Chicago and is an ardent student of history, particularly in the pursuit of racial justice. His observations often help me refine my own thinking.
By Alice Y.
For the last month of a challenging year, we’re highlighting articles that address medical mistrust in the public health sector, bias in data, and inclusive policies. Themes of narrative change and cultural understanding coupled with asking different questions run through some articles as well. We hope you wind down the year with some rest and reflection. See you in 2021!