A monthly newsletter to help ensure the power and practices of philanthropy don’t keep getting captured by the past.
I’m only 7 months into working in philanthropy and it feels like in those 6 months there’s been an explosion of important critique about the practices, culture and purpose of philanthropy, and it’s future.
Questions have been raised about legitimacy, accountability and effectiveness by Rob Reich’s ‘Just Giving’, Anand Giridharadas’ ‘Winners Take All’ and Edgar Villanueva, Decolonizing Wealth (the latter two the Point People were lucky to host in London).
Alongside all of this, I know there are some people working in philanthropic organisations around the world that are living these questions, carving out opportunities for different kinds of engagement, different kinds of collaboration and relationships, new kinds of outcomes, and new kinds of practice; evolving the inherited assumptions of philanthropy and responding to the necessary critique of it.
As someone newly working in the “profession,” looking for peers, these are the people I want to learn from, be inspired by and to spotlight so that we can feel like we are building new practice together. My response to this is to start a monthly newsletter, Evolving The Field— a collective effort, with a group of people, independent from their organisations and membership bodies, sharing links to some of the best practice they see emerging in this space.
More contributors will be added, but in the meantime, if you want to be on the first mailing list of Evolving the Field, sign up here.