The crises affecting our nation and the world are requiring foundations to become more organized, focused and responsive in their efforts. The work of social justice is complex -- and a traditional, siloed approach from philanthropy will not bring about transformational change around issues that are so inherently intersectional. Advocacy groups deeply ingrained in communities understand this all too well, and they often work to address multiple issues simultaneously; they face real challenges when they feel pressured to make their work "fit" into the context of a grantmaker's preferred issue. This narrow approach from funders can negatively impact the ability of these organizations to do the work necessary to truly affect change – and ultimately, it limits the effectiveness of philanthropy, as well. One approach to moving beyond a single-issue focus is to join efforts with other foundations to leverage the reach of our support.
- A traditional, siloed approach from philanthropy will not bring about change around issues that are so inherently inter-sectional in social justice work Tweet
- Funders can foster collaboration within philanthropy—including partnerships with funders whose values may intersect with our own but would typically support work in different issue areas Tweet
- Systems and policies are most effective when they are shaped and driven by stakeholders. Tweet