Increasingly, funders who consider themselves “progressive” are leaning into social justice frameworks in their grantmaking. But what does that mean, and how can foundations adopt social justice philanthropy practices more intentionally?
Grantmaking data shows that foundations around the world have committed more than $50 billion towards achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) since they were adopted in 2015. Predictions assert that by 2030, that number will rise to at least $364 billion.
Philanthropy: It’s a word that conjures images of grand, old family foundations, gala benefits, and PBS underwriters. It’s so mired in tradition and upright duty that it is all but synonymous with a wood-paneled boardroom. But thanks in large part to the advent and proliferation of social media, today’s philanthropic organizations are connecting with their donors and the public in ways that are anything but old-fashioned. While traditional approaches such as direct mail, phone calls and walkathons are still relevant, social media sites like Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube are now even more invaluable tools. Simply put, “no one can