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Why guilt and shame are all too common

2 Kate Hitchcock 18 May 2021

How can I as an individual, albeit one with good intentions, make a difference in the wider philanthropic sector when it comes to racism? It was in a group facilitated for people raced as white …

The experience of unbelonging

1 Kamna Muralidharan 18 May 2021

Immediately I could feel my shoulders drop. To be able to sit with a group of people of colour led by facilitators Swatee Deepak and Roshni Nuggehalli to talk about racism was in itself liberating …

Free of the burden

1 Jane Tanner 18 May 2021

Finally I had a space where I wasn’t required to explain the impact of working in the established colonial constructs of grantmaking. I had a visceral response as we worked through the various exercises with …

Uprooting racism in grantmaking

1 Jane Tanner, Kamna Muralidharan and Kate Hitchcock 17 May 2021

The Paul Hamlyn Foundation’s Jane Tanner, Kamna Muralidharan, and Kate Hitchcock reflect on key learnings from some uncomfortable conversations about racism among European foundations, led by Healing Solidarity. We had the opportunity to participate in …

The soil-keeping approach to reparative justice: 7 principles for a regenerative world

Kiley Arroyo 2 May 2021

Just societies cannot grow in toxic soil. To build regenerative communities, we should look to how life flourishes in the natural world, of which we are an inherent part. In this critical moment in our …

60+ funders to UK PM: race report findings unhelpful, divisive, damaging

Elika Roohi 23 April 2021

‘We believe this to be unhelpful, divisive and potentially damaging,’ said 62 foundations, signing an open letter to UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson this week co-ordinated by the Association of Charitable Foundations, addressing the UK …

Funders and investors working on equity need accountability

Shante Little and Curt Lyon 16 April 2021

Over the past several decades, the fields of community development, community investment, and impact investment have evolved in response to demands from activists and the communities they serve. These capital providers are addressing financing gaps …

The true takeaway of UK’s race report is the anti-racism work that remains. Here’s what funders can do

Naima Khan 14 April 2021

John Amaechi OBE expertly described the gut punch many people of colour felt on reading the findings of the Sewell Report when he tweeted: ‘The conclusions drawn in the #InstitutionalRacism report of the Commission on …

Ford Foundation commits $15 million to Black Feminist Fund

Elika Roohi 1 April 2021

The Ford Foundation has announced a commitment of $15 million to launch a new philanthropic fund focused on efforts to address key issues impacting Black women. Developed and led by a core group of Black …

The Phoenix way: lessons from the pandemic

2 Shane Ryan 26 February 2021

It has been the strangest yet most memorable year and for mostly reasons we may want to forget. But amid the crises of the past year, there have been organisations and individuals who are seeing …