What We've Been Reading: June 2019

This month we’re thinking a lot about stories - who tells them, who is centered in them, and who benefits from them. At EPIP's recent PCN Regional event, the participants talked about “stock stories” - harmful false narratives that are repeated until they feel like truths - and the damage that they can do to marginalized communities whose real stories and voices are ignored.

  • Some stock stories can be hidden in stories of victory, as noted in this powerful editorial from Out Magazine about the changing nature of Pride and the need to prioritize organizations and movements led by QTPOC (queer and trans people of color) within the LGBTQ+ community.
  • Other stock stories can be those we tell within our own organizations that reinforce harmful stereotypes, as Itzbeth Menjívar notes in a blog post about racism within the social sector.

That's why we're thrilled to have resources that talk directly to and with marginalized communities and those that hold us accountable for what we do and how we work.

  • The Grapevine: A Southern Trans Report, from the Transgender Law Center and Southerners on New Ground (SONG), shares findings from a survey of 135 transgender, nonbinary, and gender non-conforming Southerners about their lives and needs.
  • Hispanics in Philanthropy (HIP) and Candid have partnered to develop LatinxFunders, a research project to document and share the foundation funding landscape in and for the Latinx community. The project tracks funding from 2013-2017 and looks at total funding per year as well as funding over time.
  • The Building Movement Project's new Nonprofit Executives and the Racial Leadership Gap: A Race to Lead Brief looks at the gaps and differences between the experiences of white EDs/CEOs and people of color in similar positions.

What have you been reading and thinking about this June?

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