by Kevin Schofield
This weekend’s read is an essay looking at the phenomenon known as “MrBeast,” a man named Jimmy Donaldson who has made himself rich and enriched others through a pair of truly unique YouTube channels.
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by Lauryn Bray
The Southeast Seattle Education Coalition (SESEC) just wrapped up its Youth Participatory Grant Making (YPGM) project, a program in which a group of high-school-aged Youth of Color from southeast Seattle schools were invited to learn about and engage in philanthropy. The cohort of students was given $10,000 to grant to organizations that fit a set list of criteria, determined by the students. With the guidance of SESEC’s Vivian van Gelder, director of advocacy and policy at SESEC, and group facilitator Simmy Kumar, the students designed and went through the grant applications themselves, choosing specifically to award organizations that provide housing and education services.
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by M. Anthony Davis
August marks the 10th anniversary of Black Philanthropy Month, founded in 2011 by Dr. Jackie Bouvier Copeland and the Pan-African Women’s Philanthropy Network. The yearly campaign is aimed at increasing philanthropic giving from people of African descent as well as broadening support for Black led organizations worldwide. Here in Washington, a new organization, Black Future Co-op Fund, has launched a statewide celebration of Black Philanthropy Month. They’re hosting a series of virtual events they hope will inspire investment in Black communities by encouraging Black folks to donate time and money to Black-led organizations.
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by Meg Butterworth
Close your eyes, take a deep breath, now release it. Relax. Let’s imagine a time in the future where the philanthropy, nonprofit, and fundraising sectors are more focused on equity and justice. What does it look like to live in a world beyond nonprofits and foundations — a world with abundance and adequate care for all, where wealth has been redistributed? Continue reading Undoing Racism in Fundraising and Philanthropy
by Carolyn Bick
Anand Giridharadas is a former New York Times foreign correspondent, but his newest book, Winners Take All, isn’t based on what he witnessed in other countries. It’s based on what he’s seen right here in the United States. The book examines our current understanding of philanthropy, in which the nation’s wealthiest give money to mitigate the problems they help to create.
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