Setting a New Standard: The Role of Philanthropy in Grantee Working Conditions

Thursday, May 18, 2023 -
12:00pm to 1:30pm EDT
Virtual meeting - Register by 5/17
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High rates of staff turnover, dissatisfied team members, and stressed directors. Organizational leaders are asking big questions about how to best support their staff, while trying to remain accountable to the rigorous impact metrics from their funders.

What is the role of philanthropy in helping to ensure their grantee organizations are creating quality jobs and sustainable work environments? And how should we understand the conversation about quality jobs within nonprofits as directly connected to an organization’s strategic efficacy?

Most program officers want to support healthy work environments, but are hesitant to ask questions about what staff members are being paid, what types of benefits are being provided, and other HR-related questions, for fear of being seen as overly invasive and veering towards a model of grantmaking that undermines the authority of directors to make decisions on behalf of their teams.

Join our experts to hear an overview of their research and explore how grantmakers can support their grantees to “practice what they preach,” to improve jobs while investing in long-term, enduring impact. Come learn more about the Sustainable Jobs for Organizers: Toolkit for a Stronger Movement, which will provide both well-informed and non-prescriptive suggestions to help support organizers, leaders of organizations, and funders in their attempts to express their values more fully in the treatment of nonprofit staff.

What will you learn?  

  • The current working conditions of community organizers and its impact on our ability to win (with a focus on the impact of these conditions on organizers of color, women, LGBTQ+, those with disabilities, rural, and/or undocumented organizers)
  • How grantmakers can have explicit conversations with grantees about the organizational culture they’re trying to create and how that may or may not align with the pressures they feel to deliver on programmatic impact
  • Opportunities to be in existing communities of practice where funders are practicing new shifts


Who should attend?

All interested funders in grantmaking, evaluation, capacity-building, and HR/Ops roles. What to expect: presentation followed by breakouts.


What else should you know?

 **This is a part of our From Possibility into Practice program series, to build on the collective reimagining of a philanthropic ecosystem characterized by trust, relationship, and accountability to the society we want to be.

All Due Respect, founded in 2020, is a national effort to set, strengthen, and improve labor standards for community organizers and other nonprofit staff. Through a hybrid structure of data-backed research in the field and philanthropic organizing, All Due Respect aims to ensure that all organizers--across rank, identity, and geography--are paid a fair wage, able to access a robust set of benefits, and treated with respect in their workplace.

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