Giving Compass’ Take:
· To bridge the gap and support power balance, the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy provides readers with four useful tips to help organizations build genuine relationships and form equitable partnerships.
· How can organizations form mutually beneficial partnerships by reevaluating power dynamics?
As social impact and nonprofit consultants, we get to work in the gap – where we’re able to leverage social change from inside and outside of nonprofit and philanthropic institutions.
But this positionality presents its challenges:
- The tension between being honest with our clients and the possibility of being fired if they don’t like what we have to say.
- Holding our own organization and colleagues accountable as we hold others accountable for justice and equity.
- Navigating between cultures while looking for common ground.
The conflicts emerging from these tensions are growth opportunities for us – an organization of women who come from different ethnicities and experiences.
They call for serious humility, a commitment to learning from mistakes and building in reflective time to recognize our blind spots.
We must embrace these tensions and move beyond lip service on issues of power and privilege existing in “the gap.”
Read the full article about building equity by Lauren Beriont, Leah Josephson and Mary Mattson at the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy.
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