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What will be philanthropy’s “new story?”

PLEASE BLOG-Live from the COF Summit May 5, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — cjcallen @ 11:56 pm


2008 is looking to be an exciting year for philanthropy and Changemakers. This coming year, Changemakers is celebrating its 10-year anniversary of grantmaking and advocacy to promote social change philanthropy.  In connection with our 10-year anniversary, we have launched a video project to engage leaders and stakeholders in grantmaking and community building in a dialogue to explore (1) ways to make the message of social change philanthropy relevant to our times – moving it beyond its firm “Baby Boomer” definitions and roots and (2) strategies for building a “bigger tent” for change that reaches “beyond the choir” and increases our potential impact on the sector.

Your opinion counts!  We need your insights to enhance our understanding of the movement to make philanthropy more transparent, accountable and effective at addressing the root causes of social, economic and environmental problems that our communities face. We have all learned so much over the last 10 years.  Our lessons need to be captured and used as the basis for conversation and action over the next 10 years to bring the best in us — foundations, donors, support organizations and other philanthropic entities that make up the field.


Please ponder the following questions and share your thoughts with us by participating in a videotaped or digitally recorded conversation or simply commenting on our blog:

1.     What kind of place do you dream of for those you love and for our communities?  

2.     What role do you think philanthropy can play in making that dream a reality? What do you think are the challenges for philanthropy in playing that role?  How can we address those challenges?

3.     When you hear the words “social justice” what ideas or thoughts come to mind?

4.     Is the phrase “social justice philanthropy” meaningful to you in your work? If so, how? If not, why?

5.     Do you know of examples or models of engagement in philanthropy that work?




8 Responses to “PLEASE BLOG-Live from the COF Summit”

  1. cjcallen Says:

    Social Justice Philanthropy means Funding Change and Changing Funding. Visit! – Melissa Johnson, NCRP

  2. cjcallen Says:

    social justice philanthropy is about change and inclusion of all voices in an equal dialogue about how to affect change

  3. cjcallen Says:

    When I hear “social justice”, I think civil rights era marches and demonstrations. I know that it is a lot older and longer than that and maybe it even has a modern definition but the terms conjure up the old school.

    -T Taylor

  4. cjcallen Says:

    Social justice philanthropy seeks to enable everyone the opportunity to pursue their dreams.

  5. cjcallen Says:

    Social Justice philanthropy is about making things the way they should have been in the first place.
    Michael Easterling
    Open Roads Institute

  6. cjcallen Says:

    social justice philanthropy is about working for long-term strategic change, getting to the root of the problem, and working to fix it, even if the pay-off isn’t quick or takes a long time to surface.

  7. cjcallen Says:

    I struggle with the phrase social justice philanthropy. Social justice is my goal, the reason I do my work. Philanthropy is our means, a tool to achieve our long-term goals. So what does “social justice philanthropy” mean? Is it a means or an end? I think we need to break out of what to me are 1960s frameworks–and say what we mean, tell the story of our generation in our own terms. We’re going to build sustainability and justice and liberty — and we’re going to use a variety of tools. We’re going to be smart, rigorous, serious, passionate, and honest. Let’s work for substantive change, not just cultural symbols!

  8. lasagna Says:

    Lasagna says : I absolutely agree with this !

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