Philanthropy for Social Justice and Peace
Started in 2007, Philanthropy for Social Justice and Peace (PSJP) is a volunteer group of philanthropy practitioners from all geographic regions. PSJP is an incubator of new ideas for achieving systemic change particularly in support of communities that are suffering the worst effects of poverty, conflict, discrimination, and environmental degradation in the world today; and influence the way this work is resourced and supported.
The purpose of Philanthropy for Social Justice and Peace (PSJP) is to be an incubator of new ideas for achieving systemic change particularly in support of communities that are suffering the worst effects of poverty, conflict, discrimination, and environmental degradation in the world today; and
influence the way this work is resourced and supported. Our goals are to:
1. To co-create together with social change advocates from all sectors, activists, and funders, a positive narrative of the world we want and a space to explore alternative solutions to the problems facing the world today particularly poverty, inequality, discrimination, effects of war, conflict and environmental degradation.
2. To produce, surface and disseminate tools, effective strategies and connections to achieve social justice and peace outcomes.
3. To increase and influence the flow of philanthropic resources for social justice and peace outcomes.
current work is in five areas:
1. Framing a New Social Change Narrative and the Future Role of Philanthropy: A project to countervail a new narrative of how we affect change including a study into the role and purpose of philanthropy in different regions of the world.
2. The creation of new resources (case studies, reports, webinars, workshops) to help the field become more effective. The need for these resources is determined through surveys, meetings and discussions with those who will benefit from them.
3. Provide direct strategic assistance to foundations to increase the effectiveness of their grantmaking to address poverty, marginalisation and violence.
4. Influence the field through umbrella institutions such as philanthropy networks and associations and popular philanthropy platforms such as Alliance Magazine, the European Foundation Centre, WINGS, Foundation Center and other emerging regional platforms in Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America. This work involves writing articles, producing workshops and sessions on philanthropy’s role in alleviating poverty, marginalisation and violence as well as working directly with these networks to design ways to engage their membership in meaningful discussions about this work.
5. Create regional ‘hubs’ in Africa, Asia, the Middle East: These will do two things: provide a means of communication and collaboration between regional social change leaders and those new to the field who are looking for ways to make their views heard. They will help to build capacities of the philanthropic sector locally by making the tools and resources more accessible and more specific to particular groups and areas.