Movement Building as a 21st Century Philanthropic Strategy Lift Every Voice looks at movement building and the role of community based organizations and leaders in advancing a national movement. Life Every Voice details the foundation's efforts and that of its grantees to shift national attributes and policies affecting poor and working families by supporting the Equal Voice for America's Families campaign.

  • Collaborations often require crafting an unusual structure for operationalizing campaigns. Sometimes you might have to draw on the strengths of all partners while leaving decision making firmly in the hands of the families affected
  • Connections can take a long time to build and require a good deal of maintenance as each organization is already taxed in its attempts to organize around its issues, build a base, and ‘make a difference’ within existing structures (government, community, schools, etc.) which are themselves organized to address singular issues.
  • It's sometimes better to have foundations act as conveners and not as controllers, by offering resources and facilitiation, but not holding the decicion making power.
  • A commitment to collective leadership requires more than rhetoric; it requires those accustomed to having a certain amount of power – from foundation staff to leaders of community-based organizations – come to terms with sharing that power so that those in whose name a campaign or movement is waged can lead and speak for themselves, without intermediaries
  • Shifting the traditional power balances among the funder, grantees and members of grantee organizations can sometimes be required
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