By: Bipasha Ray, New Executives Fund Project Director, Open Society Fellowship Program, Open Society Foundations
As funders, our immediate response to the onset of a global pandemic early in 2020 was humanitarian: to increase our support and to provide it in more flexible ways.
The unprecedented coalition of New Yorkers who came together to get out the count for this census have much to be proud of
Commitments to gender equality mean little without the financial backing and accountability needed to make them happen.
As in person visits continue to be put on pause, I worry that prolonged distancing might push philanthropy towards more individualism and isolationism, precisely at the moment when collectivity and solidarity are so desperately needed.
With exponential increases in depression and anxiety among children, it is clear that we need collective philanthropic efforts to support our next generation.
As New York City heads into its most consequential local elections in a generation, we face a decades-long decline in democratic participation.
Even if we are not in constant rapid response mode as we were over the past four years, we have much to do as social change organizations and advocates.