Philanthropy's Role in Systems Change

 

Systems are people. They’re not abstractions. Systems are the result of how the people in that system behave.

Jen Ford Reedy President of the Bush Foundation
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Philanthropy's Role in Systems Change

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Philanthropy has long played a critical role in America, filling in where government has left gaps. But by nature, philanthropy has often served the status quo, rather than addressing problems at their roots. As deep inequality and injustice persist, what will it take for philanthropy to help catalyze more fundamental and lasting systems change? As distrust in institutions becomes a widespread norm, how can institutional grantmakers innovate to make the exercise of philanthropy truly participatory?

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