is Social Justice Philanthropy?
A large part of philanthropic
resources are committed to helping people from low-income and other
marginalized communities by helping to alleviate the immediate crises they find
themselves in. But the problems often remain. The impact of philanthropy is
often constrained by concerns around the symptoms of poverty and injustice, missing
in the process the factors that perpetuate them. ‘Social justice philanthropy’
looks at another approach: rather than focus on the effects of unjust
treatment, good social justice grantmaking attempts to ultimately address the
root causes and mechanisms that underlie it.
But what is social justice philanthropy
There is no one answer. We have
found that the understanding of social justice philanthropy and grantmaking
strategies used by practitioners are rooted in their local contexts and take on
various forms. The answer to the question then lies in a family of practices
and values, related by a series of similarities that set apart the
philanthropic practice of social justice grantmakers from others.
Join us as we
draw from the work of practitioners in the field to discover the true meaning
of social justice philanthropy.
Albert Ruesga, President and CEO,
Greater New Orleans Foundation
Halima Mahomed, Philanthropy
Program Advisor, TrustAfrica
Moderator: Chandrika Sahai, Network
Coordinator, Philanthropy for Social Justice and Peace
Time: 2PM UTC/GMT
Recommended reading before the webinar
A paper by Albert Ruesga and Deborah Puntenney discussing eight different (and overlapping) traditions of social justice on which philanthropic practitioners base their practice. You can find the paper here.