For practitioners to be able to lead within philanthropy, their institutions must as well. Institutions, and those who lead and influence them, should understand and develop an organizational leadership stance and governance structure rooted in social justice that empowers leaders at all levels of the institution.
This includes, but is not limited to:
- Creating space for multidirectional management (managing up, down, and across)
- Critical analysis of power dynamics and inclusiveness within institutional traditions and policies
- Implementing systems thinking to change historical and current internal inequities
Learning more about organizational frameworks and systems, including trust-based grantmaking, equitable evaluation, and social justice philanthropy frameworks can give you tools to advocate for shifts in organizational leadership in your institution. You can also help to advance this work by developing your personal leadership style through Self-Advocacy, thinking through ways that your organization can use funding to create change with Resource Mobilization, or taking a look at the other ILF cornerstones here.