Philanthropy is so resource-rich it is hard to acknowledge that the work can be difficult. Whether you are helping to advance equity and inclusion in an organization or field, building a trusting relationship with partners, or finding new ways to engage with grantees or communities, there will be complexity, ambiguity, urgency and conflicts. Even equipped with outsized resources, technical know-how, and a detailed map, you and your partners will experience the sinking sponginess of the territory as you navigate its twists and turns.
As part of our Philanthropy’s Reflective Practices project, we’ve interviewed dozens of talented practitioners to learn how they face the challenges that come with good work. We shared their stories on this site, heard that their approach to each problem resonated with other philanthropy practitioners and decided to dig a little deeper into how they did it.