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 community of practice for practitioners across the globe
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.
We’ve since developed a plan to take what was started in Cairo and build it into a global network of practitioners based on regional hubs. We honor and recognize the many individuals and groups committed to and working on these issues. We seek to incubate, catalyze and spread new work and link the individuals who are doing the work.
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.
The Working Group
- Akwasi Aidoo, Trust Africa (Dakar, Senegal)
- Hania Aswad, Naseej (Amman, Jordan)
- Emilienne de Leon Aulina, International Network of Women's Funds (Mexico City, Mexico)
- Ana Criquillion, Central American Women's Fund (San Francisco, US)
- Christopher Harris, formerly of Ford Foundation (Philadelphia, US)
- Lisa Jordan, Bernard van Leer Foundation (The Hague, The Netherlands)
- Avila Kilmurray, Community Foundation for Northern Ireland (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)
- Sarah Mukasa, African Women's Development Fund (Accra, Ghana)
- 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)
- Linda Guinee, Working Group Coordinator, Interaction Institute for Social Change (Boston, US)
- Chandrika Sahai, Philanthropy for Social Justice and Peace Network Coordinator (Jaipur, India)