Is it any surprise there is a trust gap between philanthropy and community? Too often, donors come into communities thinking they have all the answers, or make tokenizing and extractive attempts at “listening” to community needs. Even well-intentioned community engagement falls prey to harmful practices when the power dynamics at play aren’t acknowledged or interrogated. A paradigm shift is needed to not only heal these harms, but also to bring transformative results.
We’re grateful for the opportunity to share learnings and recommendations for centering community with the Fund for Shared Insight in our article, “Why Philanthropy Needs a Community Bill of Rights.” In it, we explore how philanthropy can work differently to start to earn trust in their communities by using the Community Bill of Rights as a bridge.
Michael Passero, Mayor of New London, Connecticut and Lotus Yu, Senior Manager of Engagement and Partnerships at the Full Frame Initiative share how the City of New London leveraged the government procurement process to distribute funds for transformative change that centers wellbeing and equity.
Learn how to design procurement to focus on equitable access to wellbeing so that you can direct funds to bidders who are doing transformational work.
How effectively is your organization centering community? Use this tool with the Community Bill of Rights to guide conversations around what is or isn't being done to center community in your organization.