About Us

Philanthropy for Social Justice and Peace is a global network of philanthropy practitioners working to increase the impact of grantmaking for social justice and peace. We do this by:

  • Developing tools and practices to advance this field of work
  • Shifting the narrative in philanthropy to place social justice and peace at the center
  • Supporting a network/community of practice for practitioners across the globe

The PSJP Network 

A small but growing community of social justice and peace philanthropy practitioners is asking ‘how do we make the case and grow the practice?’ No surprise that the answers we are finding overwhelmingly call for building our collective voices and building our networks because networks can help us achieve what we cannot achieve alone. In response to this call, we have been slowly building the Philanthropy for Social Justice and Peace Network. The emphasis in the growing Philanthropy for Social Justice and Peace Network is on making connections, building relationships, creating conditions for learning and innovation, and building a collective voice and framework for advancing this work – so that a will and movement can evolve organically. In order to make room for this, the network is defined by the following three characteristics:

  1. Relevance to context: tolerant of diversity and sensitive to nuance allows for multiple agendas to emerge organically and space for innovation and experimentation without being prescriptive or applying a one-size-fits-all approach.
  2. Inclusive and emergent: be driven not by dominant ideas in philanthropy but diverse voices and be tolerant of those at the periphery as well as the centre.
  3. Organic and expanding: allow for connections and opportunities for learning and sharing to continue to evolve and emerge organically and not be restricted or controlled by size, location or definitional and language barriers.

We got our start in 2007, when Christopher Harris, then Senior Program Officer for Philanthropy at the Ford Foundation, convened a small group of practitioners and advocates to reflect on the meaning, practice and impact of philanthropy for social justice and peace. The group came to become known as the Working Group on Philanthropy for Social Justice and Peace. The turning point happened in 2009, when the Working Group organized a meeting in Cairo, Egypt, which brought together 100 local, regional, and global leaders of foundations, philanthropy associations, and activists from around the world. Participants built connections and deepened the practice of philanthropy for social justice and peace. The Working Group exists as a governance group for the network, and we are supported by a Working Group coordinator and a Network coordinator. Our network is a global community of practice based on members’ needs and interest and organized regionally. We are not an organization but a network, with enough structure to be effective and no more.

In solidarity, The Working Group

  • Akwasi Aidoo, Trust Africa (Dakar, Senegal)
  • Hania Aswad, Naseej (Amman, Jordan)
  • Ana Valeria Araujo, Brazil Human Rights Fund (Sao Paulo, Brazil) 
  • Kamala Chandrakirana, Indonesia for Humanity Foundation (Jakarta, Indonesia)
  • Christopher Harris, Independent Philanthropy Consultant, formerly of Ford Foundation (Philadelphia, US)
  • Loren Harris, W.K. Kellogg Foundation (Battle Creek, Michigan, US)
  • Lisa Jordan, Porticus (Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
  • Avila Kilmurray, Global Fund for Community Foundations (Belfast, Northern Ireland)
  • Barry Knight, CENTRIS and Beatrice Webb Memorial Trust (Newcastle, UK)
  • Atallah Kuttab, SAANED (Amman, Jordan)
  • Halima Mahommed, Independent Philanthropy Consultant (Johannesburg, South Africa)
  • Sumitra Mishra, iPartner (New Delhi, India)
  • Sarah Mukasa, African Women's Development Fund
  • Stephen Pittam, formerly of Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust (York, UK)
  • Albert Ruesga, Greater New Orleans Foundation (New Orleans, US)
  • Suzanne Siskel, Asia Foundation (San Francisco, US)
  • Chandrika Sahai, Philanthropy for Social Justice and Peace Network Coordinator (Jaipur, India)
  • Linda Guinee, Philanthropy for Social Justice and Peace Working Group Coordinator (Boston, US)