While the many philanthropies of the world address social injustice, gender discrimination, and countless other issues, there is one topic that is off-limits to most of them: changing the capitalist system itself, the source of many problems that philanthropy aspires to solve.
Healing the ocean and keeping it healthy—i.e. focusing on the root causes of environmental and social injustices—so as to prevent sea animals from washing up on the shores in the first place is where we all need to focus. But what does that even mean?
What are the risks to the autonomy of the independent nonprofit sector—not to mention our democracy—when a growing amount of philanthropic power is held in fewer hands?
The Ford Foundation believes we have an obligation to strengthen capitalism. In fact we have a duty to transform it.
Humanity is approaching a time when philanthropy will be more needed than ever, to address proliferating environmental and humanitarian crises. Yet our existing philanthropic model depends upon growth, via returns on financial investments.
Instead of starting from the perspective that the crises are paralyzing and we are “done for,” let’s try something else.
Jon tells us about mission-aligned investing, reforming philanthropy, making our work fun, and more…
Divestment is one of the great campaigns of our times.But the question then arises, “then what?” If an organization decide it’s time to divest from fossil fuels, then what might they do next?