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The Giving Practice | July 2023

For leaders in philanthropy working to advance racial equity with their organizations, Can we talk about…? a podcast on leading for racial equity in philanthropy offers not a roadmap or checklist but stories – honest reflections, bold moves, aha moments, moments of fear, discomfort, joy and levity — to guide and support you along your journey. 

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Leading for Racial Equity with Peer Support: Reflections on the Power of Cohorts for Learning, Resilience and Action

October, 2021
| The Giving Practice

Building cultures and practices that address racial equity can be one of the most complex and challenging experiences of a leader’s career. When there’s no map to follow, no magical checklists that tell you you’re doing it right – peer cohorts offer a critical space for self-reflection, testing ideas and sustaining commitment. This report captures our observations across nine years of peer cohort facilitation for executive leaders, providing insight into common leadership dilemmas on race, inclusion and power in philanthropy, why peer support is so effective and how it helps leaders move their organizations to action.

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Making The Leap: How Four Philanthropy-Serving Organizations Elevated Their Work and Shaped Their Regions — and the Support that Helped Make it Happen

September, 2021
| The Giving Practice

This report serves as a collection of case studies demonstrating how a trust-based funder-grantee partnership enabled four philanthropy-serving organizations (PSOs) to leap from aspiration to sustained leadership and action. Learn how they tackle injustices in their regions and witness major advances for their communities today, and for many years to come.

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Journeys in Building Community Philanthropy

July, 2021
| The Giving Practice

This report captures the impacts and experiences of part 1 of the Building Community Philanthropy (BCP) initiative: eight years of convening, reflection, peer support, continuous learning, community engagement and challenging conventional wisdom to center community for better philanthropy across Washington state. 


Mindful Fiduciaries at the Wheel

February, 2021
| The Giving Practice

Developed in partnership with Philanthropy Northwest, this report explores a new version of fiduciary duty that centers racial, social and gender equity. The report is based on extensive interviews with foundation trustees, CIOs, investing staff, outside investing advisors and industry advocates centering equity in investment committees - and distills key processes and decision points that investment committees encounter along the way. 

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Adaptive Business Modeling

August, 2019
| The Giving Practice

Developed in partnership with United Philanthropy Forum and Northern California Grantmakers, this guide shares seven practices and 12 tools for Philanthropy-Serving Organizations who seek effective ways to mobilize resources to sustain their organization’s work. Part of our DIY Series, the guide features perspectives from dozens of leaders of national and regional PSOs and examples from our work with these organizations.

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Powerhouse Convening

March, 2019
| The Giving Practice

Learn a set of strategies and approaches that invite you to show up as an adventurer in working better together. This guide provides ten doorways to begin the adventure.  

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