The 2013 Conference Program:
* Please note: speakers are being confirmed and some sessions are subject to change
The Advisor is In
A choice of times throughout the conference
Healthy Conference Center
A choice of times throughout the conference
Conference Orientation, Introductions, & Networking: A Funder-Free Zone
8:00 am – 10:00
A space for NGO representatives, social movement actors and other partner allies to meet, network, and share.
Morning Pre-conference Institutes
Cross-border Grantmaking: Essential Skills Every Foundation Needs
8:30 to 12:15
A growing number of globally engaged foundations are increasingly interested in working directly with their overseas partners and grantees. Especially for newcomers, though, the rules and regulations entailed in making cross-border grants can seem daunting. Fear not! This half-day seminar and workshop will explore all a private foundation or donor-advised fund needs to know to fund non-US grantees. In dialogue and exercise, we’ll cover the basics of expenditure responsibility and equivalency determination, anti-terror compliance, IRS reporting, grants to foreign governments, inflow challenges and restrictions, and more. This session will be of use to newcomers to overseas grantmaking as well as to more experienced grantmakers wishing to recharge their skills. With John Harvey, Managing Director for Global Philanthropy, Council on Foundations; and Kristy Tsadick, Staff Attorney, Council on Foundations
A special initiative in collaboration with the Council on Foundations. An addition $150 fee required.
Inequities, Identities, and Power
8:30 – 10:45
How do identity and power impact the contexts in which we operate as grant makers? How does privilege play out in our work? How can addressing institutional power imbalances contribute to deeper transformation? In progressive grant making circles, the power that is inherent in being a funder is often fraught with ambivalence. Many engaged in social change come to the work from a personal experience with the oppressive use of power. As such, building and expanding popular democratic power to actualize an inclusive and democratic global society is a central, if not explicit, goal of our work. Unfortunately, this does not mean that we - or our institutions – don’t (inadvertently) reproduce systems of oppression in how we operate. Through a series of exercises, interactive activities and group discussions, this institute will help us think about ”identities” and their intersections, around disability, sexuality, gender, race and ethnicity, class and age to name a few, in ways that can deepen our grantmaking practice. Participants will work together to identify the types of questions, interventions and collaborations that have the potential to change systems of inequity. Join us as we explore questions of identity and power in the context of philanthropy, consider how power and privilege play out in our work as grant makers, and discuss organizational and institutional practices to address power imbalances as integral to our work of social, political and economic transformation. With: Constance Cagampang Heller, Co-founder, Linked Fate Fund for Justice; Monica Enriquez-Enriquez, Program Officer, Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice; Diana Samarasan, Executive Director, Disability Rights Fund, Inc.
Gender Caucus & Working Group Meetings
11:00 to 12:30
Gender Caucus (11:00 to 12:30)
This caucus is designed for those who are incorporating a gender perspective into their work to network and discuss strategies for moving forward in support of engendered grantmaking. Facilitated by Katrin Wilde Channel Foundation; with special guest Cindy Clark, Director of Programs, AWID, with the latest research on Where is the Money for Women’s Rights.
Africa Grantmakers Working Group
This working group will provide an opportunity for conference attendees working in Africa to network and learn more about areas and topics of mutual interest. Facilitated by Rajasvini Bhansali, Executive Director, International Development Exchange (IDEX); Niamani Mutima, Executive Director, Africa Grantmakers’ Affinity Group; Marcia Thomas, Executive Director, USA for Africa.
Lunch, Opening Welcome Remarks
12:30 to 1:30
A Just Transition: Weaving equity and ecology to create the transformation we need In this session, participants will explore three perspectives on the ‘just’ transition that bring together equity and ecology to affect systemic change – from a strategic framework for how civil society organizations can develop effective strategies for a cultural and economic paradigm shift, to local strategies of resilience based organizing where people work together to meet their needs and confront unjust policy, to fighting “transactional towards transformational” campaigns around financial transaction taxes, dirty energy money in politics, and ‘financializing’ nature. The session will draw on the experience and knowledge in the room to discuss how funders can help support the long-term, cross-silo organizing at the heart of a just transition. With:Imad Sabi, Program Officer, Oxfam NOVIB; Michael Narberhaus, SMART CSOs Lab; Mateo Nube, Movement Generation Justice and Ecology Project; Janet Redman, Institute for Policy Studies.
Land and Water Grabs: Resisting the New Resource Wars, Transitioning to Economically and Ecologically Just Societies
Big Energy, Big Finance, and repressive regimes are gobbling up land and water around the world—whatever it takes to make a profit and wherever they can find it. Particularly hard hit are regions such as Africa and Latin America where corruption and denial of basic human rights are opening the door wide to this grab tsunami. But the most vulnerable –farmers, women, indigenous peoples – are fighting back. Can they win? In this session, hear a perspective on resource grabs in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and learn more about ongoing struggles in Afro-descendant communities in Honduras and indigenous communities in the US. Find out how unlikely David-and-Goliath battles for land and water rights and climate justice are being waged and won by rural communities around the globe to transform these battles into inspiring alternatives and solutions. Join us for a discussion of what human rights funders are doing, and can do more of, to accompany these movements as they face increasing repression for their courageous actions. With: Jeff Furman, Trustee, Ben & Jerry’s Foundation; Miriam Miranda, OFRANEH (Black Fraternal Organization of Honduras); Jihan Gearon, The Black Mesa Water Coalition (USA); Sara Mersha, Grassroots International.
8 Ways to Map Your Foundation’s Transformational Movement-Building
“Doing good” is not enough! So, how can we do more inside and outside our organizations? This workshop shares 8 concrete, time-tested ways your philanthropy can catalyze transformative movement building. First, we tackle the INTERNAL. After a fun get-out-of-your-seats mapping activity, each of our 4 panelists will share their top approach for catalyzing movement building inside an organization. Second, we tackle EXTERNAL. After an interactive word-association activity, each of our 4 panelists will share their top approach for catalyzing movement building outside an organization. Finally, we will apply what we learned in small group discussions, each led by a panelist. With: Christine Reeves, National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy, Senior Field Associate; Laine Romero-Alston, Ford Foundation, Program Officer; Jeff Campbell, Christensen Fund, Director of Grantmaking; Nikhil Aziz, Grassroots international, Executive Director; Sue Hoechstetter, Alliance for Justice, Senior Advisor for Foundation Advocacy & Evaluation.
Where Hast Thou Been, Occupy?
While Occupy Wall Street may no longer be on the front page or at the top of the evening news, the organizers and the ideals are as active and as relevant as ever. This session will provide an overall assessment of the current state of the movement and its diaspora, as well as an exploration of four areas of ongoing work: post-Hurricane Sandy relief and resilience, housing justice, radical student organizing, and organizer training and development. In addition to our panel, attendees will be encouraged to share their own assessments of the state of the movement, as well as their sense of the most compelling next steps. With: Farhad Ebrahimi, Chorus Foundation; Biola Jeje, New York Students Rising; Yotam Marom, Wildfire Project; Shab Bashiri, Occupy Our Homes Atlanta; Penny Lewis, co-author of Changing the Subject: A Bottom Up Account of Occupy Wall Street In New York City.
Fighting Corruption: Citizens are succeeding in their efforts to combat corruption, secure greater transparency and claim their human rights
Civil Society Organizations in the developing world are increasingly taking the initiative to tackle corrupt practices and promote transparency at the local and national levels. The Partnership for Transparency Fund (PTF) has developed a model for aiding these efforts which supports local CSO initiatives through the provision of small grants combined with expert volunteer technical assistance. This model has been the subject of several evaluations all of which are highly positive. Using specific examples and drawing on best practice, this session will identify key ingredients for the success of such interventions and draw the lessons from some of the failures. With: Frank Vogl, Board vice-Chair, Partnership for Transparency Fund; Cissy Nabazinga Kagaba, Executive Director Anti Corruption Coalition Uganda.
Philanthropy Game and Cocktail Reception
6:00 to 7:30
Morning Opening review, and Funder Soapbox
Plenary: Migration, Global Mobility and the Future of Work
9:30 to 11:00
Issues related to migration begin and often end far beyond national boundaries. Massive shifts in the global economy have effectively changed the landscape of work around the world; the global economic crisis, trade policies favoring multinational corporations, climate change and the changing nature of work itself has spurred high levels of un- and underemployment in many countries, driving migrants in search of work that will sustain their families. On arrival in new lands, migrants often occupy the bottom rung of the labor market, taking low paying jobs with few protections and experiencing significant abuses. Harsh immigration policies in many receiving countries force migrants underground, exacerbating already precarious situations. New strategies, legal and policy frameworks, partnerships and organizational forms of worker power that are transnational in scope and scale, and are able to intervene and represent workers’ interests are helping inform the future of a global labor movement. Many funders are supporting pieces of the puzzle, but how does it all fit together? How can we as funders be better positioned to respond to the complex nature of migration, and to the changing nature of work itself? Can we begin to connect the dots, and address root causes? What are some and offer possible solutions to these challenges? This plenary will be moderated by Laine Romero-Alston, Program Officer with the Ford Foundation, and feature Ana Avendaño, Associate General Counsel and Director of the Immigrant Worker Program at the AFL-CIO, Alejandra Ancheita, Executive Director of the Project on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights (ProDESC) based in Mexico City, Colin Rajah, International Coordinator, Global Coalition on Migration (GCM); and Anannya Bhattacharjee, founder and President of Garment and Allied Workers Union and founder of the Society for Labour and Development in Delhi.
Just Cities: Implementing Urban Development Strategies to Reduce Poverty and Expand Economic Opportunity in Global South CitiesJust and Sustainable Cities: Implementing Urban Development and Citizen Participation Strategies to Reduce Poverty and Expand Economic Opportunity in Global South CitiesOur globalized world is and will continue to become increasingly urban. By 2050, it is expected that nearly 70 percent of the world’s population will reside in cities, an increase of nearly 20 percent as compared with 2009. This important shift is bringing with it increased pressure on infrastructure, government services, natural resources, climate and many other aspects critical to quality of life. Not surprisingly, a large proportion of new city dwellers in the coming decades will be among the poorest people in the world, with an estimated 1.4 billion people living in urban slums by 2020. Drawing on the strategies and experiences of Ford Foundation and Fundación Avina, this session will explore how philanthropy can contribute toward the creation of more sustainable cities with improved urban quality of life. In particular, the session will introduce the Ford Foundation’s new Just Cities initiative, which focuses on urban development strategies as a means for reducing poverty and expanding economic opportunities for marginalized people in Global South cities, as well as Avina’s Sustainable Cities strategy, which over the last five years has supported the emergence and consolidation of engaged citizens platforms in more than 70 Latin American cities. Participants will discuss and explore funder-supported urban development strategies in the areas of housing, slum upgrading, infrastructure development and service provision, and urban planning. Funders will discuss important themes like technology applications, the links between urban development implementation and rights-based movements, citizen engagement, social accountability and democratic decision making. With Don Chen, Senior Program officer, Ford Foundation; Emily Fintel Kaiser, Executive Director, Avina Americas and Executive Team Member of Fundación Avina.Sex Work is Work: Exploring creative strategies for promoting the economic rights of sex workers.
Globally, sex workers face stigma, violence and discrimination with severe consequences for their health, economic status and human rights. Sex worker activists are often ostracized from mainstream human rights movements and funding for their organizations is extremely limited. As grantmakers interested in self-determination and autonomy, we have yet to come together to create a well-coordinated global case for sex work as an economic right and, therefore, a human right. In this session, we will hear from activists and funders about effective strategies focusing on core economic rights issues, such as the recognition of sex work as work, the decriminalization of sex work, alternative employment strategies, and the economic empowerment and social inclusion of sex workers. With: Svati Shah, New York University; Anna Kirey, Urgent Action Fund Advisor; Andrea Ritchie, Streetwise and Safe; Liz Coplen, Red Umbrella Fund.
Women Hold the Solutions! Women forging solutions to build community resilience and environmentally sustainable solutions
Women are responsible for half of the world’s food production and produce between 60-80% of the food in most developing countries, and in North America, women now control over half of the wealth and are behind 80% of all consumer purchases. At the same time, indigenous women and women from low-income communities and developing countries bear a heavier burden from the impacts of climate change. From international climate negotiations to the front lines of the tar sands and Keystone XL Pipeline, from seed saving to economic/environmental justice, women are taking a stand for systemic change. Learn why women are key to climate change and sustainability solutions and hear some concrete solutions to the most pressing issues of our time. Discuss the unique and essential ideas offered at this turning point in history when humanity is making decisions about our very existence and how we are treating our Earth – and each other. With: Ursula Miniszewski, Philanthropic Partnerships Manager, Global Greengrants Fund; Osprey Orielle Lake, International Women’s Earth and Climate Initiative (IWECI); Crystal Lameman, Beaver Cree First Nations, Alberta, Canada .
Our Growing Edge: Young People Moving Money to Social Change
Young people have always been catalysts and instigators in social movements. Today, faced with a changing workforce, a shifting economy, and ever-increasing migration, young people are finding creative ways to support each other and to fund the necessary work needed to change the world. Come engage in conversation with young people who are testing out innovative cross-class giving structures with an internationalist and social justice lens. What’s the growing edge of your giving? What tricky questions are you grappling with in your own giving model? Bring your hardest questions and greatest challenges, and we’ll talk them through together. With: Jessie Spector, Resource Generation; Zeke Spier, Social Justice Fund Northwest; Jess Champagne, Diverse City Fund; Nico Amador from the Trans Justice Funding Project; Rajasvini Bhansali, IDEX and Resource Generation’s POC wealth redistribution project; and Sha Grogan-Brown, Grassroots Global Justice.
Beyond Charity: Disability Inclusion in Practice. Perspectives from the gender, development and indigenous rights fields
Using an open dialogue of learning, this session will explore what disability inclusion looks like within women’s funding, the Indigenous Peoples’ movement, and advocacy with the World Bank. With the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), many funders are hearing more about disability, but still have limited knowledge of what it means, it’s relevance for their grantmaking and what funding with an inclusive lens looks like in practice. The goal of this session is to address these questions and to provide helpful tips for beginning the change processes that lead to inclusion of people with disabilities within philanthropic efforts. Co-sponsored by the International Human Rights Funders Group (IHRFG) Disability Rights Working Group. With: Mohammed Ali Loutfy, Senior Advisor on Strategic Policies and Inclusive Development, Lebanese Physical Handicapped Union (LPHU), Disability and World Bank Safeguards Campaign; Diana Samarasan, Executive Director – Disability Rights Fund; Katrin Wilde, Executive Director, Channel Foundation; Lesley Carson, Program Director (Human Rights), Wellspring Advisors.
Lunch (and EDGE Funders Members Meeting ) 1:00-2:30
Building and Using a Donor Network: Learn. Collaborate. Act!
Donor networks seek to educate and engage their members. Opportunities abound for philanthropists to join a network or affinity group, but how do you create and use a network for learning and collaboration that will increase your impact as a donor? This session will highlight donor networks in three different stages of development – Haiti Funders Roundtable, New England International Donors, and The Philanthropy Workshop – that seek to help donors learn, collaborate, and act. Explore the pros and cons of donor education and collective action and learn how you can set goals and become involved in your own community. With: Simon Delekta , The Philanthropic Institute; Pierre Noel, Director of The Haiti Fund; Karen Ansara, Chair, New England International Donors; Tracy Mack Parker, The Philanthropy Workshop.
An Emerging Transnational Crisis: funding strategies to prevent migrants’ deaths
Migrants face worsening human rights violations—including human trafficking and forced disappearance. Advocates from the Maghreb and North and Central America will present innovative strategies to protect and promote migrant rights. In North Africa, the “Boat4People” initiative and the “Watch the Med” project include the use of satellite to document migrants deaths at sea. In North and Central America, the “Regional Network for Truth and Justice for Migrants” and the “Border Project in Search of Missing Migrants” increase access to justice for migrants in transit, and support relatives of migrant victims in their search for disappeared loved ones. With: Mercedes Doretti, Co-Founder, Argentine Group of Forensic Anthropologists; Ana-Lorena Delgadillo, Fundación para la Justicia y el Estado Democrático de Derecho; Robin Reineke, Coordinator, Pima County Missing Migrant Project, Tuscon, AZ; Nicanor Haon, Tunisian Forum for Economic and Social Right.
But for real, How DO we save the planet? Grassroots strategies to address climate change
Feeling at a loss for how to tackle the enormity of the climate and economic crises? Wondering what happened to all those billions of dollars that U.S. funders invested in “environmental causes” and why it didn’t work? Grassroots movements are working together across the world to shift global policies and build local living economies that will withstand the increasing crises. Hear reports from the Climate Space led by global social movements at the World Social Forum in Tunisia, from people at the frontlines of the battle against the tar sands and Keystone XL pipeline, and others fighting extreme energy like fracking and other extraction practices. With: Tanya Dawkins, Executive Director, Global-Local Links Project & board member, CarEth Foundation; Pablo Solon, Focus on the Global South (Bangkok, Thailand); Tammy Bang-Luu, Labor/Community Strategy Center and Grassroots Global Justice; Tom Goldtooth, Indigenous Environmental Network and Climate Justice Alignment; Blessing Karumbidza, TimberWatch Coalition (Durban, South Africa)
Strategies for change in insular and oppressive countries: Working toward democracy and human rights in Burma, Iran and Zimbabwe
This session will explore how the international community can best support human rights and democratic reform inside oppressive and insular countries. For each country, the domestic human rights conditions will first be touched upon. The strategies and campaigns of domestic and respective international movements for each country will be evaluated, successes and challenges explored. The recent successes of the Burmese community will be focused upon in particular. With: Katie Redford, Co-Founder and Director, Earthrights International; Firuzeh Mahmoudi, Co-Founder and Executive Director, United for Iran; Jennifer Quigley, Executive Director, US Campaign for Burma; Ellen Dorsey, Executive Director, Wallace Global Fund, Briggs Bomba, Coordinator, Zimbabwe Alliance.
Women on the Front Line: Sustaining Feminist Movement-Building
This session, co-organized by feminist activists and donors involved in women’s rights organizing, will describe the changing nature and vital contribution of feminist movement-building in promoting justice for all in an era of backlash, and explore how donors can ensure that women’s organizations survive and thrive, and continue their contributions to global social change. Using a combination of interview style, stories from women’s organizing from around the globe, and a brief snapshot of recent research on the scarcity of funding for women’s organizations, this session will involve participants in generating fresh ideas for how to support social change that keeps the 51% (women) at the center of the agenda for the 99%. With: Katrin Wilde, Executive Director, Channel Foundation; Archana Chidanandan, Chief Operating Officer, Women’s Learning Partnership; Lisa VeneKlasen, Executive Director/Co-Founder, Just Associates; Laura Garcia, Executive Director, Semillas.
Coffee & Networking 4:30-5:30
Ad hoc session: Learning and Evaluation for Social Change (4:30 – 5:30)
Funders sometimes require unrealistic results within short time frames from groups we support, and lose sight of the fact that attitudinal and macro-level change can and do take longer time frames. How do our learning and evaluation strategies and processes ensure our methods are realistic, and align with effective social change grantmaking practice? How well are social change values integrated into our approach, and shape how our evaluations are conducted? Join us for a conversation about practical learning and evaluation approaches and processes that can enhance our organizational effectiveness, address power dynamics and build solidarity and alliances. Facilitated by Yeshica Weerasekera, International Development Exchange (IDEX); Sarah Gunther, AJWS, and Sara Mersha, Grassroots International.Ad hoc session: Getting Across a Story and Inspiring Others to Action
Kontent Films, makers of the successful fundraising tool and film, Where We Live: The Changing Face of Climate Activism, as well as the film at last year’s Just Giving conference What Does It Mean To Engage, is exploring collaboration with EDGE Funders members to lift up the successes and stories of community organizers working for social, political and ecological change. As grassroots groups seek to tell their organization’s story and inspire others to their cause, a troubling fact surfaces – in our globally interconnected world, awareness is abundant, but is also fleeting. Engaging short films have the power to cut through the clutter online. We need to ask ourselves however, are ‘views’ and ‘likes’ enough? What more can be done to convert moments of inspiration into everyday action? Join us for a conversation with Sarah Christensen with Solidago Foundation’s Powering Change initiative and with Mark Decena and Forrest Pound of Kontent Films, about how short films, if done right, can tell an organization’s story and inspire others – including grantmakers – to support community activists working to make a difference.
Ad hoc session: New Working Group on Human Rights Defenders
In this session we will discuss resources and spaces for coordination to help donors be as effective as possible in assessing, preventing, and responding to security threats faced by human rights defenders. Kate and David will share key takeaways and resources presented at an institute on grantee security convened in January 2013 by the International Human Rights Funders Group working group on human rights defenders. Facilitated by Kate Kroeger, Urgent Action Fund; David Mattingly, Fund for Global Human Rights.
Dine Arounds 6:00-8:00
Movie Night 8:30-10:00
Dance Party ’till dawn (or at least 11:15 pm)
Breakfast Ad Hoc: Made in Bangladesh: Moving New Accountability in Manufacturing
As the adage has it, a crisis is a terrible thing to waste. The death toll in the wake of last month’s factory in Dhaka, Bangladesh collapse has topped 1,000 — and worker-activists there, and their allies here, have been working hard to extend the responsibility clothing companies to the workers who manufacture the clothes.”Fast Fashion” has profound considerations for consumers, environmentalists, and workers. Among the devastation this trend fosters are household brand-driven demands of factories for ever-lower prices and ever-faster turnaround required by household name brands. But, in light of the devastating building collapse, there are glimmers of hard-won good news. As of this week, seven clothing brands (including H&M, but no North American companies — yet) have signed a binding agreement on fire and building safety. This takes codes of conduct to the next level, and helps create independent enforcement mechanisms and worker-whistle-blower monitoring in a country with a very weak labor movement, and could serve as a model for other countries and industries. Especially encouraging is the good language on freedom of association and worker voice, which could spur worker-led accountability mechanisms from both the companies and the governments.On behalf of the NFG Working Group on Labor and Community Partnerships, please join us for a timely discussion of the fast-changing landscape of rights on the job in the time of expedited planned obsolescence. We’ll be joined by Scott Nova, Workers Rights Consortium and Cathy Feingold, Dir. Of Int’l Affairs, AFL-CIO, who will offer updates and reports from the ground. Together, we’ll have a conversation about strategy, including what funders can do and how to build a global movement to change these kinds of too-common conditions world-wide.
Morning Opening review, and Occupying Philanthropy
9:30 to 11:15
Strategies for Resourcing Social Justice & Movement Building
This workshop will highlight findings regarding resourcing social justice issues and movement from two regional research projects in the Bay Area and the Southern United States. In addition to specific regional findings, the Bay Area Justice Funders Network and Grantmakers for Southern Progress will lift-up specific strategies and practices for mobilizing resources that have national and global application. With: Dana Kawaoka-Chen, Bay Area Justice Funders Network; Alex DelValle, Groundswell Fund, Steering Committee for Bay Area Justice Funders Network; Nathaniel Williams, Hill-Snowdon Foundation, Steering Committee for Grantmakers for Southern Progress.
Powering Change through Native Movement Building
While “collective impact” has become a much touted strategy in philanthropy refering to coordinated program service outcomes, another type of collective impact is producing real impact that builds a constituency led movement raising the voices of families for systemic change. Native community received attention recently with the Idle No More campaign in Canada, but less visible and also potent are efforts underway in the U.S. Efforts are currently underway by Native people to build voice and power to impact public policy. Learn from movement building Native leaders about their efforts to build regional, state wide and national networks for movement infrastructure for high return on funder investments and new research on the landscape of Native organizing. With: Laurie Weahkee, Executive Director, Native American Voter Alliance; Jihan Gearon, Executive Director, Black Mesa Water Coalition; Chrissie Castro, Network Weaver, Native Voice Network; Carly Hare, Executive Director, Native Americans in Philanthropy.
Eroding Global Justice: Uniting to Fight the Next Generation of Trade Pacts
A new generation of trade pacts is poised to derail hard-fought social, economic and environmental gains, and give multinational corporations even greater power over member countries. Case in point: the Trans-Pacific Partnership – “NAFTA on steroids” – which is being negotiated in secret by 11 governments representing nearly a third of global GDP. Presenters will explain the current state of trade negotiations; illuminate their on-the-ground costs; and introduce successful local-to-global organizing and international policy reform efforts. Our purpose: to galvanize funder interest in trade at a critical juncture, and as a decisive issue for anyone concerned about social justice and global equity. With: Tom Kruse, Rockefeller Brothers Fund ; Ilana Solomon, Sierra Club’s Responsible Trade Program; Emma Gomez, Lawyer, CooperAccion; Lori Wallach, Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch.
Building a New Economy: Necessary, Possible and Coming Soon to a Neighborhood Near You!
While we discuss limiting and constraining corporate power, how do we go further to imagine an economy that works to promote human flourishing and the well-being of the planet? The New Economy Movement has been gaining traction in recent years, demonstrating that it is both necessary and possible to change the distribution of power and resources, not through state intervention, but through new ways of organizing our communities. But how is this movement developing, nationally and internationally? How do we fund it? What is our theory of how deep, systemic change will take place? This workshop will address the questions, “What does a new economy look like, and how do we get there?” We will describe traditional progressive theories of social change, discuss their limits, compare them to systemic approaches and present one version of a new economy theory of change and several examples of new economy organizing and institution building, drawn from the US and from Latin America. Wider international organizing efforts aimed at dismantling corporate power and advancing new economy principles will be reflected in our discussions as well. With Sarah Stranahan, New Economics Institute and Bolder Giving, Brendan Martin, The Working World; Allison Manuel, Northwest Bronx Community and Clergy Coalition and Lyda Fernanda, Transnational Institute.
Laws or Lives?: The Road from Legal Rights to Justice
Foundations often fund advocacy to support systemic changes that will yield equity, safety, and health for marginalized communities. While this work is crucial, social movements have argued that it is not enough – feeling the constraint of the politically winnable against a backdrop of daily threats against their lives. In this session, we will use examples within the LGBT movement to explore the tensions between legal protections, implementation and the ability to thrive. We will examine two country specific case studies – Ecuador and South Africa – for insight about opportunities for moving from formal equality to lived experiences of justice. With: Andrew Park, Director of the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Program at Wellspring Advisors; Mia Herndon, Global Philanthropy Project, Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice. Luis Diaz – Albertini, Program Officer, American Jewish World Service; Monica Diego, Executive Director, Taller de Comunicación Mujer.
Plenary: Dialing Up Democracy ~ Dialing Back Corporate Power
In the fall of 2011 Forbes published an article titled The 147 Companies That Control Everything, describing extensive database analysis that produced “the first map of the structure of global corporate control.” This map showed that 147 TNCs controlled 40% of the wealth in the global system, with 737 of them controlling 80% of it all. As Forbes noted at the time “The #occupy movement will eat this up as evidence for massive redistribution of wealth.” With such concentration of economic power corporations have the capacity to write the rules- to maximize access to resources, minimize regulation and taxes, and limit democratic control, with profoundly destructive results for sustainability and equity. How are social movements and NGOs tackling the seemingly insurmountable and unaccountable power of today’s global corporation? Correspondingly, are our funding levels commensurate with the scale of the problem?
On this closing panel moderated by Ellen Dorsey, Executive Director of the Wallace Global Fund, very brief interventions by Lyda Fernanda, a Columbian economist with Transnational Institute’s Dismantling Corporate Power Campaign, Sarah Anderson, Global Economy Program Director with the Institute for Policy Studies, Amol Mehra, Director of the International Corporate Accountability Roundtable and Taren Stinebrickner-Kauffman, Executive Director and Founder of SumOfUs.org will describe campaigns in areas that include trade, tax justice, transaction taxes and International Standards, while highlighting the global movement of consumers, investors, and workers standing together to hold corporations accountable while forging a new, sustainable and just path for our global economy. Katrina vanden Heuvel, editor, publisher, and part-owner of The Nation magazine will then lay out the moral dimensions, scope and scale of the problem of excessive corporate power, the threats it poses to democracy and the need for deep and transformative change. Following audience Q&A Ellen will note efforts to “dial back” corporate power and support new economy alternatives through grants and foundation investments, and by using the convening powers of funders and to help in building networks in and outside philanthropy.
Conference Closing Remarks: 1:00 – 1:15
Latin America and Caribbean Funders Working Group
This networking session is open to all funders interested in Latin America and the Carribean, to strengthen relationships and build new partnerships to advance a sustainable philanthropic agenda in the region. Facilitated by David Mattingly, Director of Programs, Fund for Global Human Rights
Funding Human Rights: Where is the Money Going and Where Do We Go from Here?
Join us for an in-depth exploration of the contemporary state of global human rights grantmaking and explore new resources for grantmakers. Recently released as part of the multi-year effort by the International Human Rights Funders Group (IHRFG) and the Foundation Center to map and analyze human rights philanthropy, these resources will help grantmakers analyze funding streams flowing to different fields; identify potential grantees and funding partners; inform strategic planning and decision-making; and better understand how they fit within the field of human rights philanthropy. This session will provide an overview of the state of the field, a hands-on look at the resources and will be followed by a discussion about opportunities for the field. This is a funder only discussion. Facilitated by Mona Chun, IHRFG; and Andrew Park, Wellspring Advisors.
Engagement Lab: Expanding Donor Support for Agro-ecology*
Agro-ecology is a visionary agricultural approach that goes beyond local, organic, sustainable food production to encompass a whole system change. It is an alternative to the current industrial agriculture model, which is increasingly regarded as one of the biggest causes of climate change, and of the devastation of rural and farming populations in the U.S. And around the world. Agro-ecology is a building block of Food Sovereignty, and is practiced by small holders, female farmers and Indigenous communities around the world, building on centuries of traditional knowledge mixed with dynamic improvisation and adaptation at landscape scales. Evidence increasingly shows its central role in reducing hunger and poverty, building resilience to climate impacts while addressing the root causes of climate change, and contributing to well-being on multiple levels. During this discussion interested funders will share lessons about current efforts to support the spread of agro-ecological solutions such as the International Fund to Amplify Agroecological Solutions, as well as additional strategies for moving this work forward. We will explore concrete opportunities for increasing coordination and collaboration between EDGE members and other funders and for building alliances between US and European funders on this issue. With Jeff Campbell (The Christensen Fund); Sara Mersha (Grassroots International); Yeshica Weerasekera (International Development Exchange/IDEX); Steve Brescia (Groundswell International); and Dani Gelardi (New Field Foundation).
Engagement Lab: Putting Money on the Table for Sex Workers’ Rights
Interesting grantmaking initiatives have emerged in the past years aiming to uplift the voices of grantee partners who are asking us to consider their request: “nothing about us without us.” For instance, the Red Umbrella Fund, led by and for sex workers, aims to “raise awareness within the donor community about issues such as: the conflation of sex work with trafficking; violence against sex workers, particularly state violence; human rights abuses against sex workers, including mandatory testing for sexually transmitted infections and forced rehabilitation; and the stigmatization of sex workers and their partners and families.” This lab will explore various grantmaking strategies and models that ensure sex workers are the leading voice in conversations about their rights and working conditions, threats to their safety, and goals for their movement and it will be a space to brainstorm, share and strategize collective grantmaking responses to the lack of funding towards sex work organizing globally. Join us to develop strategies that prioritize sex worker led grantees; explore different models of grantmaking to sex worker organizations, and lay groundwork for future collaborations on funding sex workers’ rights and raising the profile of this issue in other funding circles. With Nadia Van der Linde (Red Umbrella Fund), with Kate Kroeger, Urgent Action Fund, Mónica Enríquez, Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice, and Amy Bisno, American Jewish World Service.
Engagement Lab: Corporate Power and a New Economy*
This Engagement Lab extends the conversation about corporate power and building a new economy. If we understand the challenges we face to be systemic, how do we see the function of philanthropy within that system? How might we work holistically, not only to support movements fighting against domination and oppression, but also to support more just and sustainable economic models, the legal environments that can facilitate this transition, and a culture and narrative that can pave the way for a more equitable soceity? Come join us in a conversation to explore how we, as a collective and as individual foundations, might shift our theory and practice of philanthropy if we are serious about system change. Facilitated by Leah Hunt-Hendrix (The Sister Fund) and Ellen Dorsey (Wallace Global Fund), with Eleni Sotos (The Sustainability Funders), Sarah Stranahan (Bolder Giving) and Alexandra Russell (Funders Committee on Civic Participation’s Money In Politics Working Group).…Engagement Lab: In Support of Grassroots Solutions to the Climate Crisis*
Organized grassroots networks at local, national and international levels are among the fastest-growing and most effective forces combating the climate crisis, joining with others in calling for a ‘just’ transition to deeper social and ecological change. As we will have seen throughout the conference, grassroots movements and allied NGOs are playing increasingly important roles in civic engagement and electoral mobilization, in campus and other divestment campaigns, on the front lines of battles against coal, tar sands and the Keystone XL pipeline, in fighting against fracking and other extraction practices, as well as on the international climate front. Join us to learn about a number of emerging efforts in support of grassroots organizing efforts in the US and around the world, and to discuss ways that we as funders concerned with the “equity” part of the climate equation can work more effectively together in addressing these issues in ways that focus on the underlying issues and deep systemic changes needed. With Sarah Christiansen, Solidago Foundation, Arlene Rodriguez (Powering Change), Eileen Jamison Tyrer, UU Veatch Program at Shelter Rock, and Sarah Hansen and Samantha Harvey (Overbrook Foundation).…* Note: Strategic conversations on funding around the climate crisis, agro-ecology and the role of corporate power and a new economy are all parts of a broader discussion dealing with transitions to deeper societal change. It will likely be useful, therefore, for the funders involved in these three Engagement Labs to come together at some point during this allocated two-hour period to share observations and discuss strategic intersections around these issues.
Coffee Klatch, over and out! 4:30-5:00