Community Driven Philanthropy Peer Network
The Community-Driven Philanthropy (CDP) peer network is a community of GEO members who are closely engaged in the work of connecting funders and the non-profit communities we serve. Community-driven grantmaking practices are uplifted and used as a foundation for peer networking, coaching, and learning. This community offers space to be in relationship with ourselves and others in order to weave a connected foundation for a more unified, just, and equitable future.
Who is the Community-Driven Philanthropy Peer Network?
- These members think strategically and empathetically about how to transform network and community relationships and analyze power dynamics while centering racial equity.
- They think passionately about questions like:
- How do we strengthen relationships and build trust between funders and non-profit partners and their communities?
- How have power and equity historically impacted our work with communities and how do those entrenched dynamics continue to manifest?
- How can we move towards a future where this work happens equitably and collaboratively?
- How do we make sure our work to build trust is not extractive and laborious on the part of communities and nonprofits who participate?
- Members might work in a department such as Programs, Community Engagement, or Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
What are We Trying to Do Together in Community?
In this peer network, participants will have the opportunity to:
- surface challenges that relate to building (or re-building) trust, examine the role of power, and engage in avenues for peer coaching and exploration of future work;
- explore topics related to Community-Driven Philanthropy, Participatory Grantmaking, Strengthening Relationships and Trust-Based Philanthropy, among others;
- take part in networking opportunities for members who regularly engage in community building and trust-sustaining work; and
- explore what advocating for a community-driven approach to philanthropy could look like in practice with other funders committed to the same systemic change in the sector.
How Can You Participate?
- Join the “GEO | Community Driven Philanthropy Peer Network” Slack channel and share resources, successes, and challenges with colleagues
- Attend our quarterly community calls where you will engage with colleagues, participate in peer coaching and learning and discuss emergent topics in the sector around community, power & equity
- Engage with peers in the field and at GEO conferences
Contact Sammi Santini at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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