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Moving Philanthropy Beyond Crisis Response to Structural Change

December 8, 2020
Anna Fink

Blog originally published by The Center for Effective Philanthropy.

This year, the philanthropic sector has had to grapple with four central crises converging at once: natural disasters sparked by climate change; the public health and economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic; outrage over racist violence and injustice perpetuated by law enforcement; and a tumultuous election cycle that has challenged the core of our democratic institutions. As CEP’s Foundations Respond to Crisis: A Moment of Transformation? report outlines, the magnitude of the converging crises of 2020 has created a moment to challenge norms and disrupt status quo operating principles in philanthropy.