The coming of hope: A 2019 vision for philanthropy
Amplifying African diaspora voice and expertise in philanthropy advice
Darren Walker, the President of Ford Foundation says there should be loud “shouts” of ‘glorious tongues at the coming of hope’ for philanthropy in 2019.
In the era of great challenges that this crucial sector faces, such as the “undemocratic nature of wealth and philanthropy”, structural racism in many parts of the world and a “rigged economic system” that strengthen the economic and social structures that separate the haves from the have-nots..More
Deciding Together: Shifting Power and Resources Through Participatory Grantmaking
In the March 2017 issue, Alliance magazine associate editor Andrew Milner’s article “Shading in the blanks on the philanthropy advice map” explored the how the US and Europe might be exercising a distorting influence in the field of philanthropic advisory services. He also looked at those locations around the globe in which the sector has yet to develop. However, I would respectfully add to that analysis a failure to intentionally engage donors of colour of wealth, particularly those from the African Diaspora.
One benefit of participatory grant-making reflected on in the guide, is how it builds connectivity among grantees and strengthens social movements. Nadia van der Linde of the Red Umbrella Fund says participants continually emphasise how much they learn from their participation. “They connect with other organisations or people in the movement and see the benefits of solidarity and learning from peers. More