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Participation and Power in Philanthropy

Exploring the challenges philanthropy faces around inclusiveness, ownership, and the agency of those it seeks to impact

Event Details

All corners of America are grappling with issues of power and privilege. In philanthropy, the conversation about ceding power has many entry points from supporting proximate leaders to trust-based philanthropy to funding efforts that center racial equity, to name a few.

Against this backdrop, we find ourselves with more questions than answers, including: How is institutional philanthropy complicit when it comes to systems of oppression? How can philanthropy act and give in a way that isn’t disruptive, that doesn’t attempt to “intervene”? What can funders do to acknowledge and engage the inherent worth and capability of the communities they seek to serve?

Drawing from the upcoming publication, “Participation, Power and Philanthropy: Putting Nonprofits and Communities in the Driver’s Seat,” GEO’s Akilah Massey will introduce a framework—the “community participation spectrum”—to anchor the discussion.

This webinar is intended to explore the challenges that philanthropy faces about inclusiveness, ownership and the agency of those it seeks to impact. The speakers will reflect on their respective observations, approaches, and experiences, and engage in Q&A with session participants who are also confronting and grappling with questions around power and philanthropy.

Start: Wednesday, December 9, 2:00 PM Eastern

End: Wednesday, December 9, 3:00 PM Eastern

Wednesday, December 9, 2020
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EST.

You can register for the event here

Free for GEO Members
$50 for Non-Members

If you have any questions about this programming, please contact Akilah Massey.


  • Gabriela Alcalde

    Executive Director , Elmina B. Sewall Foundation

  • Justin Steele


  • Kim McPherson

    Sr. Program Officer, St. David's Foundation

  • Rohit Menezes

    Partner , The Bridgespan Group

Akilah Massey


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