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Feb 22, 2024

Asking for a friend...Why does philanthropy change its focus and strategy so often?

Why does philanthropy change its focus and strategy so often, and on time frames that are unrealistic for minor victories let alone systemic change?

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Nov 9, 2023

Asking for a Friend… As a person of color in leadership, how do I deal with microaggressions from white staff?

Conundrum: As a person of color leading a foundation, how do I deal with white staff who are demanding progress on DEI while simultaneously disrespecting, microaggressing, etc.

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Aug 3, 2023

Asking for a Friend... Where Can My Organization Start on Reparations?

I am so invested in Black liberation work and always trying to figure out how to move my institution towards this vision. In particular, I keep hearing recently that philanthropy has a role in the reparations movement. My question is where do I start to engage my institution (a small and mighty family foundation) on reparations and the land rematriation efforts. All the questions- who, what, where, when, how?

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Jun 14, 2023

Asking for a Friend... I'm Confused by Philanthrospeak

I am new to philanthropy coming from movement-building and nonprofit work. Feeling a little out of place, not knowing all the jargon, institutions, or resources out there. Where do I start? How can I stay connected to my roots with movement-building work in this field? What does building community mean in philanthropy? 

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May 22, 2023

Asking for a Friend... I'm Tired of Being a Token

As a member of a marginalized community, I keep getting tasked with playing the “educator” or “teacher” in my institution. I’m a member of the communities we aim to serve, but I feel uncomfortable serving as a spokesperson or ambassador for my communities. I hold authentic relationships with these grantee-partners outside of philanthropy and feel pressure to represent the MULTIPLE perspectives of my communities. Help, what can I do?