Social Pioneers? We Think So, Too.

This is a guest post by Daniel Lee, Executive Director of the Levi Strauss Foundation.  This post was originally published on the blog “LS&Co. Unzipped” on July 13, 2011.  It is re-posted here with Mr. Lee’s permission. When you’re in this line of work, pushing for equality for all, you know a pioneer when you see one. The Levi Strauss Foundation started its Pioneers in Justice initiative last year, setting out to support five of the most dynamic, next-generation leaders in the social justice field — a field advocating for equal rights and opportunities for women, immigrants and other marginalized groups in the United States. Now, the largest newspaper in Northern California, the San Francisco Chronicle, has featured three of … Continue reading Social Pioneers? We Think So, Too.

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It’s The Relationship, Stupid!

This is a guest post by Richard Woo of the Russell Family Foundation. Framing is powerful. Consider this. The Russell Family Foundation (TRFF) mission is to “invest resources and relationships in grassroots leaders, environmental sustainability and global peace.” Nowhere is there any mention of “grants, programs or initiatives.” Grants, programs and initiatives are the shorthand we use to label the products and activities of our foundation’s work. Grants, programs and initiatives define the source (TRFF) and the boundaries (our stuff) of what the foundation offers the communities we serve. In other words, we develop grants, programs and initiatives and deliver them to the community. That’s why philanthropy as a transaction is called the “giving profession.” Embedded in these gifts are … Continue reading It’s The Relationship, Stupid!

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