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Michael Seltzer

Michael Seltzer has served as the program officer at the Ford Foundation responsible for promoting organized philanthropy worldwide, the president of the New York Regional Association of Grantmakers (now known as Philanthropy New York), and the founding executive director of Funders Concerned About AIDS. He writes frequently on matters pertaining to foundations and the nonprofit sector for PhilanTopic, the blog of the Foundation Center.
The Case for Using a Social Justice Lens in Grantmaking

The Case for Using a Social Justice Lens in Grantmaking

In the fall of 2011, the conference planning committee of the Grants Managers Network graciously invited me to present at its upcoming annual meeting on a topic of my choosing. I took the opportunity to reflect on emerging trends and practices in organized philanthropy. The growing use of the term social justice—especially among large foundations—caught my attention. Was this instance of ‘old wine in a new bottle’ or something entirely different? Social justice—a new phenomenon? No. As early as 1972, in an internal memo to John H. Knowles, the president of the Rockefeller Foundation, one of his officers suggested that