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Participatory Grantmaking: Shifting Power in Philanthropy Toward Equitable Giving and Community Empowerment

September 21st, 2021
2:00PM to 3:30PM
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“It’s an open secret: philanthropy today is top-heavy and insular. A glance at the world’s largest foundations and impact investment funds reveals that decision-makers tend to be disproportionately white, male, and from backgrounds of privilege. And decisions tend to be made in a closed, opaque way.” — www.lettinggobook.org

In their book, “Letting Go: How Philanthropists and Impact Investors Can Do More Good by Giving Up Control,” Ben Wrobel and Meg Massey chronicle stories of funders implementing participatory grant-making models by sharing decision-making power to those who have lived experience of the issue being addressed. “Letting Go” has garnered critical acclaim from leaders in the philanthropic community — both funders, and nonprofits — for introducing funders to frameworks on how to implement participatory grant-making in their giving practices.

Join The Social Innovation Forum and Philanthropy Massachusetts on September 21st from 2:00-3:30pm for a conversation with Ben and Meg as they talk about key principles in their book, including participatory grant-making, impact investing, and shifting power in philanthropy toward equitable giving and community empowerment. Click HERE to register for the program.

This event kicks off our Fall 2021 Power and Equity series of programming at Philanthropy Massachusetts.

Interested in purchasing their book? Use the unique coupon code SIFMA for a Philanthropy MA and SIF community 20% discount on your purchase on the book website.

Accommodations: Philanthropy Massachusetts and The Social Innovation Forum strive to be accessible, inclusive, and diverse at all of our events. Please contact Kassandra Goncalves to request accommodations. Advance notice is necessary to arrange for some accessibility needs.

Philanthropy Massachusetts and SIF look forward to having you participate in this conversation and program. For more information about SIF’s Funder Education Programming, please contact Carolyn Shaughnessy. For more information about Philanthropy MA’s Funder programming, including the Power and Equity series, please contact Alex McCray.

About the Speakers:

Meg Massey is a journalist covering social impact and social justice in the world of finance. Her writing has been featured in Time, Fortune, Impact Alpha, and others. She began her social sector career as a policy analyst in the Obama White House, and later led strategic communications for the Global Steering Group for Impact Investment (GSG) and the Urban Institute’s Research to Action Lab before founding her strategy firm, Sanspeur, in 2019.

Ben Wrobel is Director of Communications at Village Capital, a pioneer in participatory investing. He started his career as chief speechwriter for the NAACP, and later raised money for voter registration campaigns including Stacey Abrams’ New Georgia Project. He has edited two best-selling books: REACH: 40 Black Men on Living, Leading and Succeeding and The Innovation Blind Spot.

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