Inverting power dynamics, ending funding competition and addressing inequity

Here are two uncomfortable power dynamics in philanthropy: Funding processes can be a kind of “Nonprofit Hunger Games” where frontline community organisations compete against each for favour and “the win.” The power to decide who wins usually sits squarely with funders, yet funders are rarely directly affected by key social issues. It doesn’t have to…

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Recommended Summer Reading

Looking for an inspiring read over the holidays?  “Te Kai a te Rangatira – Leadership from the Māori world” is an extraordinary book, and is highly recommended.  It shares the wisdom of over 100 rangatira from across Aotearoa, sometimes in English and sometimes in Te Reo Māori.  Here’s a few quotes: You carry your thousand…

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Reinventing the humble Funding Agreement

Funding agreements – those dry, unexciting documents which funders generally require to be signed before they will pay a grant, are badly in need of a rethink.  This blog proposes that funders should instead adopt a Relationship Agreement approach, based on mutual responsibility and accountability. To get straight to the point: Here is a free Funding…

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