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Entries in Community Foundation serving Tyne & Wear and Northumberland (1)

Tuesday
Jan172012

Community Foundations: Have We Been Slow To Take Up Social Justice Issues? 

Carolyn Milne (2001) TCFN

Virtual and actual site visits to community foundations in Siberia, England and Northern Ireland prompt a reflection on why community foundations have generally been slow to demonstrate leadership on social justice issues. It is possible that our strengths (objectivity, breadth, facilitation, for example) contribute to our lack of leadership in creating a civil society. The chronic tension between our roles of grantmaker, community leader and fund developer may prevent us from taking risks. In some respects, the concepts of charity and justice may pull us in opposite directions. We are challenged to learn from colleagues who have “pushed the envelope” and develop a continuum of action on social justice that would encourage community foundations to be more deliberate in their self-assessment and consideration of social
justice opportunities.

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