Social change philanthropy has five fundamental characteristics:
- It focuses less on ameliorating the symptoms of poverty than overcoming the causes of disadvantage and inequality.
- It strives to include the people who are impacted by those injustices as decision-makers.
- It also aims to make the field of philanthropy more accessible and diverse.
- In social change philanthropy, foundations are accountable, transparent and responsive in their grantmaking.
- Donors and foundations act as allies to social justice movements by contributing not only monetary resources but their time, knowledge, skills and access to power.
Social change philanthropy embodies a belief that there can be a higher form of capitalism and better concern for humanity, one that needs to be aggressively promoted, one that facilitates the power of people affected by exploitation.
- For more see US Council for Responsive Philanthropy.
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