What made the biggest impact on participants at the NFG 2018 National Convening? Check out these perspectives in our series of reflection pieces.





Reimagining How We Fund and What We Fund

By Dr. Carmen Rojas, The Workers Lab

"...the siloing of programs treats people as fractions of themselves and not as whole human beings that think about paying rent, buying food, making it to work, and having the capacity to dream better days all at the same time."




White People and Activism in the Trump Era

By Caitlin Duffy, National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP)

"As white people, putting our bodies on the line in protest is one of our greatest resources. Compared to the state violence directed at Black and brown bodies, our whiteness privileges us to different treatment from police, the media and other white people who might counter us..."




Why We Move Money for Justice

By Lorraine Ramirez, Funders for Justice

"The conference workshop on how to support The Movement for Black Lives’ five-year strategic plan was a full room. I was struck by how many NFG members are committed to finding a way for their institution to support M4BL and its member organizations..."




Choosing to be a Liberated Gatekeeper

By Amoretta Morris, The Annie E. Casey Foundation

"When we deny the power we hold as grantmakers, we allow ourselves to be unaccountable to communities for that power. Rather than deny our positional privilege, let’s consciously use it to disrupt power and shift it to the people we’re aiming to serve..."




Facing and Recovering from Soul Trauma

By Andrea Dobson, Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation

"My foundation is undergoing strategic planning, and we are about to direct all of our time and energy to advance equity in Arkansas. Sounds great, until I dig into the reality of what we are about to embark upon. Are we actually putting our money where are mouths are?"




Bringing Our Whole Selves to Philanthropy and Our Grantmaking

By Ryan Li Dahlstrom, Borealis Philanthropy

"The recognition of people’s multiple identities and centering of communities that are traditionally marginalized in philanthropy continued from the planning process into the convening. One highlight was how disability justice and accessibility were uplifted..."




Answering the Call from Movement Leaders

By Julia Beatty, Borealis Philanthropy

"As I watched clips of family members remembering their loved ones whose lives had been taken by police and state violence, I asked myself: what is our responsibility to these family members and to the incredible organizations that do so much with so little to amplify their voices..."




Philanthropy's Role in Holding Tension

By Megan Armentrout, Incarnate Word Foundation

"...philanthropy continues to shift priorities every 3–5 years. What would it actually look like for philanthropy to join the long-game with organizers who are in it for the long-haul? Are we well situated to use our power to hold the tension long enough for things to shift around us?" 




Standing in Our Power Together

By Manisha Vaze, Funders for a Just Economy

"The NFG conference reaffirmed for me what we can do together to push the boundaries in our powerful roles as funders, and foster long-term partnerships with community organizations that are building momentum and shifting power. It was a call to action: our communities cannot wait for us to get it right."



Time to Invest for Justice

By Rudi Navarra, The Solutions Project

"The Neighborhood Funders Group 'Raise Up' National Convening is arguably the premier social and racial justice funder gathering in the country. This past June, it was evident how important intersectional work and funding across silos would get us closer to our social justice goals..."