More Than Money
Issue #11

Embracing Our Power

Table of Contents

“Resources for Respectful Philanthropy”

The Funding Exchange

Some grantmakers seek to shift the power dynamics in philanthropy by having funding decisions made by representatives of the communities being served. A leader in this philosophy is the Funding Exchange, a network of fourteen alternative community foundations that support grassroots organizing efforts, both nationally and in twenty-four states. Community activists have a central role in the grant-making process.

Funding Exchange
666 Broadway, #500,
N.Y., N.Y. 10012

North Carolina Center for Nonprofits

"Tips for Effective Grantor-Grantee Relations" and "13 Tips for a Wise Grantmaker: What nonprofits say about how to get the most for each dollar you invest through them." by Jane Kendall, trustee of a family foundation and President of the North Carolina Center for Nonprofits. Both articles give concrete, easy-to-implement suggestions for building mutual respect and some pointedly honest reflections about power. The tips come from Jane's interviews with more than 1,100 not-for-profit leaders. For copies, send a SASE with article titles to

4601 Forks. Rd. Suite 506,
Raleigh NC 27609

National Network of Grantmakers

Evaluation Guide: What is Good Grantmaking For Social Justice? Produced by the National Network of Grantmakers, this is a workbook-style guide that helps grantmakers assess their effectiveness. NNG is a network of over 400 grantmakers (donors, trustees, board and staff) who are working to create social, political, economic and environmental justice. Later this year NNG will publish a companion piece to the guide describing "exemplary practices" which make grant- makers more accessible, accountable, and inclusive of those traditionally disenfranchised. The Evaluation Guide is available for $15 from:

1717 Kettner Blvd., Suite 110,
San Diego, CA 92101,

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