KEYNOTE: Philanthropy’s Necessary Existential Crisis, and the Need for Radical Change

by mhassell |

During this pandemic and society’s reckoning with systemic racism and white supremacy, nonprofit and philanthropy continue to play a vital role. However, there is still so much white moderation, toxic intellectualization, and the centring of donors’ interests and comfort. Not enough funding is going to communities most affected by injustice, and there’s still so much BS that wastes people’s time and burns them out. Philanthropy often perpetuates the very injustice it’s trying to fight. Yet, we’ve been saying this stuff for ages. Why are things still not changing? What conscious and unconscious barriers do we have? How do we bravely and with integrity usher in a new era of philanthropy, one that will allow us to help build a just and equitable world?