Courtney E. Martin's latest piece on philanthropy published last week points to some of the ways in which philanthropists need to rethink their most basic giving processes.
"The ultimate irony of the way the philanthropic sector is structured is that it is actually the recipients – people of colour, the working class, women – that may be the most masterful at creating and maintaining long-lasting, catalytic relationships. They are disproportionately poor in terms of dollars and cents, but rich with experience of making a way out of no way and persevering in the face of huge, intractable, sometimes downright exploitative systems. This usually involves relying on friends and extended family, nurturing people’s gifts for the betterment of whole communities and having grace through challenge.
We have an ethical imperative to acknowledge and build new systems around that intelligence." -- The Guardian