What is Social Justice Philanthropy?
Similar to community philanthropy, social justice philanthropy recognizes that best solutions come from the places and people most impacted by the issue. Traditional philanthropy can be overly prescriptive and top down, and not taking into account the needs and expertise of proximate leaders and communities. Social justice philanthropy intentionally affirms the power of those leading the charge for social justice.
Tides’ philanthropy practices are built on close partnerships with community leaders and funders, directing power, money, and resources to local organizations the forefront of climate justice, racial equity, reproductive freedom, democracy, and more.
Solving the critical issues of our time demands urgent action at a scale. Philanthropy writ large, especially private foundations and donor advised funds, leaves too many assets on the sidelines. That’s why we see Tides’ philanthropy not as a write-off, but as a tool to fuel movements at scale. We embolden and inspire our activist donors to award 20 to 30 percent of their funds every year to equip leaders in the field working toward change.