Centering Power: The Leading Edge in Health Equity Philanthropy

Milky Way Edge from the GigaGalaxy Zoom project, edited by Stuart Rankin.

“If you have come here to help me, you are wasting your time. But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.” — Aboriginal activists group / Lilla Watson, Queensland, 1970s

1. Develop a theory of change that includes how power and oppression constrain—or support — policy, systems and environmental change.

2. Learn from, ally with and support those who believe in power-building to make headway on the issues you care about (read: work with community organizers).

3. Uphold a narrative within health philanthropy that’s about building power to advance health equity, which acknowledges entrenched systems of oppression.

4. Create a framework for measuring outcomes and progress. Fund the development of appropriate metrics for organizing and advocacy that advances health equity.

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