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Philanthropy Northwest Network Call - Solidarity, Not Charity: The Rise of Mutual Aid Networks

Philanthropy Northwest Network Call - Solidarity, Not Charity: The Rise of Mutual Aid Networks

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Friday, December 3, 2021
10:00am to 11:00am PST
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About this event

Through the pandemic, mutual aid networks have gained prominence and popularity as a vital and useful tool to rapidly address community needs. Although historically practiced for many generations amongst marginalized communities (LGBTQIA+, BIPOC, people with disabilities, etc.) the term mutual aid has been appearing with more frequency over the past 18 months.

As funders seek new and innovative ways to address growing disparities, mutual aid has become a critical piece of the support infrastructure in many Northwest communities. Through its guiding principle of "solidarity, not charity," this community-initiated and led style of giving has supported the distribution of material goods (PPE, fans, food), grief support, and much more during a time of great need. As philanthropies seek to hone more community-centric practices, many have begun to wonder what our role could look like in the support of these funds.

Join us for a conversation as we explore the ways funders can thoughtfully contribute to and learn from grassroots, community-led mutual aid networks.


Participation in this meeting is open to philanthropic organizations that currently make grants. This includes corporate giving offices, private and public foundations, community foundations, government grantmakers and CDFI institutions with a philanthropic focus. You do not need to be a Philanthropy Northwest member to participate, but do need to represent an organizational philanthropic institution. Please do not join this call if you are a nonprofit organization. If you are unsure about your eligibility, please contact Nancy Sanabria.


Please contact JulieAnne Behar with any questions.

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Philanthropy NorthwestWhidbey Community FoundationR.O.C.K Mat-SuEast Seattle Foundation