"Crisis Funding is Not Enough"

"This time, our sector must make a long-term commitment to fund grassroots organizations working to end anti-Black racism and state-sanctioned violence," details a recent statement from Borealis Philanthropy responding to the urgent conversations around anti-Black racism and police brutality.

Borealis offers some examples of their work, "as philanthropy considers how it can and should show up in this moment and⁠—critically⁠—in the months, years, and decades to come."

Bottom-up change has led to every expansion of rights in US history because directly affected people always have the most at stake. Borealis regards directly affected communities as the essential creative force in the larger arc of social change, and we’ve built Borealis from the ground up as a vehicle to resource these communities. Our donor collaboratives fund brilliant, grassroots organizations and frontline communities that are devising solutions to complex societal problems.

Borealis adds: "Beyond program strategy, funders can also move beyond crisis funding by examining and changing how they make grants and who is bringing lived experience to their staff and boards."

In this piece, Borealis recommends giving directly to Black-led organizations, listening to more Black-led organizations, and contacting them about joining one of their collaborative grantmaking funds or making a one-time donation.

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