Funder Collaboratives that Support Shifting Power to Communities

Wednesday, November 8, 2023 -
3:00pm to 6:00pm EST
Philanthropy New York; 320 East 43rd Street; NYC 10017
Members of PNY & Partner Orgs: 
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Philanthropy is increasingly acknowledging the importance of integrating more equitable and racially-just grantmaking practices, including investing in the vision of impacted communities to develop, lead, and implement their own solutions. While some progress has been made, funder practices continue to lag behind their rhetoric. Given some constraints at individual foundations, can pooling resources catalyze efforts to cede power and decision-making to impacted individuals and community-members? 

As foundations strive to pivot to trust-based philanthropy, participatory grantmaking, and community-led investments, how can funding collaboratives be leveraged as a tool towards more equitable and just practices? 

Join a panel of funders who have helped to start or have staffed funding collaboratives who have explored or are exploring these and other questions.

What will you learn?

  • What needs to be in place first before considering pooling funds or creating a funder collaborative in service to racial equity and justice
  • How some NY-based and national funding collaboratives cede grantmaking decisions to impacted community members
  • The benefits, challenges, lessons learned, and pitfalls of implementing funder collaboratives in the name of shifting power and accelerating philanthropy’s movement towards more equitable and just practices
  • How participation in collaborative funding models can support culture change at individual foundations
  • Key practices, recommendations, lessons and priorities, and implications for foundations, funder collaboratives and the philanthropic community

Who should attend?

All interested members in grantmaking roles. What to expect: presentation and roundtable discussion, followed by a mixer and happy hour.



2:45 PM - 3:00 PM Check-in
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM  Program (followed by a mixer and happy hour sponsored by Youth and Families Forward)

Registration is required by November 6th.

Members: To register yourself and/or a colleague at your organization, please log in and click the Register Now link above. (no fee)

Guests of of Organizers: Please email with name, title, and organizational affiliation. Please indicate by which organizer you were invited. (no fee) 

Non-Member Funders: Create an account or log in above and click the Register Now link. ($150 fee)

Please email with any questions.