Funding Community Power Effectively

Funders who focus on building community power may inadvertently be undermining their own work. Fluctuating funding based on election cycles, and only supporting single issues instead of addressing interconnected challenges faced by a community, limits the ability of grassroots organizers to make real change.

A recent op-ed explains why funders who are committed to empowering communities must break the habit of “boom-and-bust” funding while also taking a holistic approach to the issues they support. The op-ed is co-authored by Josh Stearns, senior director of the Public Square program at Democracy Fund Voice, Jenifer Fernandez Ancona, vice president and chief strategy officer at Way to Win, and Jodeen Olguín-Tayler, vice president of strategic partnerships at Climate Equity Action Fund.

Read the full article at Inside Philanthropy.

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