BIG Philanthropy

What will be philanthropy’s “new story?”

Setting the Stage March 26, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — cjcallen @ 1:41 am

To strike the right tone for this blog, thought I’d post poetic musings that capture why and how we approach doing the seemingly impossible (transforming philanthropy by moving it closer to being transformational) in service to community and toward a vision of a better world.


Our mission is to plant ourselves at the gates of hope–not the

prudent gates of Optimism, which are somewhat narrower; nor the

stalwart, boring gates of Common Sense; nor the strident gates of

self-righteousness, which creak on shrill and angry hinges (our

people cannot hear us there; they cannot pass through): nor the

cheerful, flimsy garden gate of “Everything is gonna be all

right.” but a very different , sometimes lonely place, the

place of truth-telling, about your own soul first of all and its

condition, the place of resistance and defiance, the piece of

ground from which you see the world both as it is and as it could

be, as it might be, as it will be; the place from which you

glimpse not only struggle, but joy in the struggle–and we stand

there, beckoning and calling, telling people what we’re seeing,

asking people what they see.

—Victoria Safford


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