"Come to the edge, he said.
They said: We are afraid.
Come to the edge, he said.
He pushed them and they flew."
- Guillaume Apollinaire
Members of EDGE Funders Alliance approach the world through wide lenses, expanding the outer edges of what’s possible. We work across multiple geographies, identities and areas of interest, employing a broad array of strategies within distinct institutional cultures. A kaleidoscope of movement and philanthropic actors, our collective diversity is our greatest strength.
Our community also dives deep, searching for underlying, structural causes of exploitation, inequality and injustice. Not satisfied with the transactional and palliative, we strive towards the edge of the transformational, to move resources that improve people’s daily lives and help heal the planet concretely, while addressing root causes to transform economy and society over the long term.
Collectively we recognize the need to push our sector to support a transition from the logic of extractivism - economic, social, political, technological and cultural systems centered on profit for some - towards societies and economies grounded in the common good and the social and ecological well-being of all. Transformational, systemic change requires us to challenge what we understand and what we fund, to redefine pragmatism and reimagine the possible, opening our minds and our hearts to the future we want and know that we need. We know too that the narratives we hold and the stories we tell ourselves and each other are central and fundamental to the tasks ahead.
Our gathering in New Orleans will advance efforts to deepen understanding and move us and our community from sincere but insufficient approaches at the center, towards the edges of what is possible and necessary. Together we’ll explore economic, cultural, political, and ecological contours of systemic crisis, learn and draw inspiration from worldwide struggles for people and planet, and work collectively to advance our role as funders, organizers and philanthropic activists, moving ourselves and moving our field.