A paper by Albert Ruesga and Deborah Puntenney discussing eight different (and overlapping) traditions of social justice on which philanthropic practitioners base their practice.
In early 2010, the Working Group on Philanthropy for Social Justice and Peace took an unapologetically normative approach to the question, "What is good social justice philanthropy?" Here we Take a stab at describing the values and practices we believe are imperative for social justice grantmaking. Our aim was not to cut off debate but to encourage it, to create a space in which our differences can be aired and we can all find ways to improve our work. In retrospect, we will be developing a description both of the aspirational values and practices underpinning social justice philanthropy - and what we believe are the non-negotiables.
Take a look. What do you think?
By the following members of the Working Group on Philanthropy for Social Justice and Peace: Ana Criquillion, Barry Knight, Atallah Kuttab, Halima Mahomed, Stephen Pittam, Chandrika Sahai and Suzanne Siskel.
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On 8 July members of the Working Group on Social Justice and Peace held a webinar to talk about power and philanthropy. Something that isn’t much discussed, it seems. ‘The issue of power in philanthropy feels like the elephant in the room,’ said one participant. ‘How little we talk about power within philanthropy,’ said another. One particularly interesting issue that came up was the relationship between power and visibility: does greater visibility for foundations mean more power? Or does greater power come from a relative decline in the power of other institutions? What follows is not a fully-fledged article with a beginning,
a middle and an end but some extracts from a fascinating conversation among a group of people who know each other well and think about these issues a lot.
Click on the attachment to read the article.
By Linda Guinee and Barry Knight
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The first question is: what is power? The simplest and one of the most effective formulations comes from feminist psychologist Jean Baker Miller, who defines power as ‘the capacity to produce a change’.
Probing deeper, however, reveals a complexity that is hard to fathom. There are many books and articles about what power is, where it comes from, and how it operates. According to earlier conceptions, power is the ability to force people to do something they wouldn’t have done otherwise. This is a ‘coercive’ definition of power that remains at the root of our common vernacular.
Click herehere to read the June 2013 issue of the Philanthropy for Social Justice and Peace newsletter.
Please find a link here to our March 2013 PSJP Newsletter. Enjoy!
Grantmakers for Southern Progress (GSP) has just released "As the South Goes: Philanthropy and Social Justice in the US South" – a research project on the landscape of social justice philanthropy in the US South. The study involved interviews with over 75 national, regional, and local funders (some who self-identify as social justice funders, some who do not), and it offers critical reflection on how to advance stronger communication and collaboration among funders within the South and between Southern and national funders in support of social justice work.
The study reveals fascinating challenges regarding how national and Southern funders talk about the work of social justice. (See the short companion report -- Words Matter: Language and Social Justice Funding in the US South.) It also explores the knotty issue that despite real common ground on interests, sometimes narrow views of what makes for social justice strategies can get in the way of collaboration. In addition, the study provides an analysis of why some funders prioritize investment in the South and why others do not. Key takeaways are:
We have witnessed better results when a social justice and peace lens and approach is used by philanthropy. It enables a focus on root causes and mechanisms that perpetuate injustice as opposed to just alleviating the effects of unjust treatment. However, there remain many questions to be answered about the practice of philanthropy for social justice and peace (PSJP). What is it? How is it done? What difference does it make?…The answers are there. There are great examples across the globe of effective social justice grantmaking, of why this approach is necessary and the change that it brings about. In an attempt to learn more about PSJP so that we can improve our own grantmaking practices and to help change the discourse and direction of mainstream organised philanthropy to one that puts social justice and peace at its core, we will bring you stories that define PSJP and all its elements.
Here is one story of a courageous foundation and its approach to a persistent and deep-rooted issue that has plagued Indian society for over 2000 years:
The Dalit Foundation, New Delhi, India
Written by Max Niedzwiecki (2009), updated by Andrew Milner (2012)
Michael Seltzer makes 'THE CASE FOR USING A SOCIAL JUSTICE LENS IN GRANTMAKING' in the first issue of the professional journal for grant mangers - GMNSight of the Grants Managers Network.
Attached are the powerpoints used by John Christensen and Niall Crowley at the EFC session the Working Group on Philanthroy for Social Justice and Peace organized to talk about movements for Economic Justice.