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Friday, October 18 • 10:30am - 12:00pm
Flipping the Script: Examples of Shifting Foundation Power to Community

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Changing the way we do things as foundations is not easy. We have systems and processes that have worked very well for us for many years, even if these same systems and processes have not worked so well for the nonprofits we fund or the issues we care about. What happens when a foundation deeply listens to the community and then changes its approach so that the community has more voice and the foundation takes more direction from the activists and leaders on the ground? Using a couple of real life examples of shifting power away from the foundation and to community, you will learn what went well, what went wrong, and the lessons that can be gleaned to help you think about how you can build authentic trust and shift power to community, in an effort to decolonize wealth.

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Friday October 18, 2019 10:30am - 12:00pm CDT
Los Angeles/Miami/Scottsdale Room, 5th Floor Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile, 540 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago IL 60611