Philanthropy Will Not Save Us

In seeking solutions to social problems, we overlook the need for systems change — which requires challenging entrenched power, including the institution of organized philanthropy.

Rodney Foxworth
Jul 30, 2018 · 6 min read
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Alfa Demmellash, David Korten, and Laura Flanders discuss democratizing power and wealth at the 2017 BALLE Summit.

“Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.” — Frederick Douglass

After all, there are 2,043 billionaires in the world — How many of them have solved systemic challenges like anti-black racism or homelessness?


In seeking solutions to what plagues us, formal philanthropy and the monied class it represents often overlooks the need for systems change, which requires challenging entrenched power.


“It is not a risk to invest in black and brown people fighting for liberation. It’s the surest bet. When we have the resources to lead our own struggles, the world is transformed.” — Charlene Carruthers, National Director, Black Youth Project 100 (BYP 100)


Justice Funders

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Rodney Foxworth

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CEO of @CommonFutureCo. Social entrepreneur focused on equitable and just economic development, philanthropy, #impinv & entrepreneurship.

Justice Funders

Stories and analysis to inspire philanthropic transformation.

Rodney Foxworth

Written by

CEO of @CommonFutureCo. Social entrepreneur focused on equitable and just economic development, philanthropy, #impinv & entrepreneurship.

Justice Funders

Stories and analysis to inspire philanthropic transformation.

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