“Let’s embrace a radical shift that makes a Black political infrastructure and co-governance achievable and sustainable.” Romy Avila, CEO of Tides Advocacy, recently authored this article to Philanthropy News Digest calling on peers in philanthropy to push beyond their comfort zones to invest in 501(c)(4) organizations — especially the Black, Indigenous, and people of color-led organizations that are building and influencing policy and political power towards Black liberation.
Brandi Howard took the helm at the East Bay Community Foundation in November 2022, leading the effort to deepen support for movement and power-building across the region to win economic justice. Philanthropy News Digest profiled Brandi this week, talking about everything from philanthropy’s opportunity to discussions about racism and the nation’s history, to Black Philanthropy Month, and how her experience working in maternal and public health informs her vision for an “inclusive, fair, and just East Bay.” More at Philanthropy News Digest.
In 2020, The California Endowment saw, in the midst of the devastation of the COVID-19 pandemic, grief, political divisiveness, and pervasive racial injustices facing communities of color, an opportunity to double down on the organizations and leaders championing movements to secure health, wellness, and racial equity for all Californians. TCE responded to this inflection point with a historic $300 million Social Bond to accelerate the innovative work of the state’s grassroots organizers and changemakers. These changemakers — or “Good Troublemakers,” on the front lines of social change — are the heart of the social bond. TCE celebrated Good Troublemakers and their essential work in California in a new feature for the Chronicle of Philanthropy.
The Zellerbach Family Foundation adopted this year a strategic framework based on a learning agenda, one that acknowledges that no one= person or organization can define or impose a solution for a whole system. President and Executive Director Allison Magee reflects on six months of applying the new framework to its mission to promote belonging, connection, and a shared sense of safety among people and communities in the Bay Area, particularly in Oakland where they are taking an inside/outside approach to advancing community participation in local governing, in a new post for ZFF’s blog.