Part 2: Be bold about how you fund Our second provocation is here: Think Boldly and Long Term: Be Ambitious, Imaginative, And Expansive About What and How Long You Fund. One of the most crucial needs that we consistently hear about from women leaders we accompany in Southern Africa, Southeast Asia, and Mesoamerica is the need for more flexible and holistic funding. This takes various forms for movements. For example, it means increased multi-year and unrestricted funding that is not project or activity-based, less tedious application and reporting requirements, and fewer restrictions on how to use the funding. Other times, it means having more open and inclusive funding opportunities that allow often-excluded groups such as unregistered formations leading innovative work to access resources. By taking a bolder approach to funding, philanthropy can more effectively support and sustain movement-led organizing for transformative change over the longer term.
Part 5: Flip the script. Think of philanthropy as a redistribution of resources to communities to which it belongs.