While philanthropy is filled with charitable minded individuals devoted to serving others, there is no denying that philanthropy exists because of historical economic injustices. Acknowledging this history and changing philanthropic culture can be challenging, many grantmakers are thoughtfully reflecting on the privilege of philanthropy, and the role of philanthropy in shifting power to community voices. In this Grantmakers for Education (GFE) September 2022 case study on principles of effective education grantmaking, Sara Slaughter, Executive Director of the W. Clement and Jessie V. Stone Foundation, changes in practice to center equity and co-construct annual grantee convenings, designed with grantees and focusing on issues most valuable to grantees in their day-to-day work tackling inequities. She also reflects on foundation characteristics that helped catalyze this culture change.
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