Working for Social Justice through Social Change Philanthropy

Below are a few excerpts from a recent Nonprofit Quarterly piece.  But you may want to read the entire article.  It describes the type of social change work that Community Shares and our members do!

“Social change philanthropy works by changing the systems (public policy, societal mores, institutional biases) that support social injustice. I believe that if we gave more money to social change philanthropy, we could produce social justice—and we wouldn’t need so much charity to redress social ills. . . .

“It’s about engaging all members of our society in dialogue and action. Social change philanthropy and activism ensure that people who are typically ignored and disregarded have a seat at the table. . . .

“As Alfre Woodard explained in the preface to Robin Hood Was Right . . . ‘Charity is good, but supporting and creating social change is about power. Power can infuse lives with purpose and dignity. That opens up the possibility of joy. The life of the giver, as well as the receiver, is transformed.’ “

 

 

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