Voices from the Field

How Participatory Grantmaking Can Strengthen Your Philanthropy

Posted on October 2, 2020 by Exponent Philanthropy, Allison R. Davis

This article was originally published by Exponent Philanthropy and is re-posted here with permission. Money affects power dynamics in relationships and as donors, we have the responsibility to send money carefully. When considering alternatives to a traditional funding approach, participatory grantmaking leverages knowledgeable input and democratic checks and balances. Being participatory is more than soliciting outside advice; it means inviting… Read More
Voices from the Field

Not Throwing Away This Shot

Posted on September 23, 2020 by Jaimie Mayer

For the past year, the family foundation I chair has spent a lot of time working to clarify our guiding values. As we were working on this effort, I took it upon myself to interrogate my own values and illuminate my own blind spots. Nothing is more important to me than helping grantees seize this moment to advance racial equity,… Read More
Voices from the Field

Protecting Democracy through Collaborative Philanthropy

Posted on September 17, 2020 by Stacey Faella

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In early April, when the turmoil of COVID-19 had gripped New York City, where the Woodcock Foundation is based, the foundation called an emergency virtual board meeting. The purpose was to discuss the implications of the pandemic on our programs, the steps we were taking to check in on and help ensure the stability of our grantees, and brainstorm ideas… Read More

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