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Published on May 21, 2013

Join us at three events during EDGE Funders Alliance’s Just Giving Conference 2013 as we tackle the questions: What is to be done? And how do we do it?

USA- DC- Washington

2013 Just Giving Conference

Join us at three events during EDGE Funders Alliance’s Just Giving Conference 2013 as we tackle the questions: What is to be done? And how do we do it?

May 21 – 23, 2013
Kellogg Conference Hotel at Gallaudet University
800 Florida Avenue NE | Washington, DC 20002
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Inequities, Identities, and Power
Tuesday, May 21 | 8:30am – 10:45am
How do identity and power impact the contexts in which we operate as grant makers? How does privilege play out in our work? How can addressing institutional power imbalances contribute to deeper transformation? In progressive grant making circles, the power that is inherent in being a funder is often fraught with ambivalence. Many engaged in social change come to the work from a personal experience with the oppressive use of power. As such, building and expanding popular democratic power to actualize an inclusive and democratic global society is a central, if not explicit, goal of our work. Unfortunately, this does not mean that we – or our institutions – don’t (inadvertently) reproduce systems of oppression in how we operate. Through a series of exercises, interactive activities and group discussions, this institute will help us think about ”identities” and their intersections, around disability, sexuality, gender, race and ethnicity, class and age to name a few, in ways that can deepen our grantmaking practice. Participants will work together to identify the types of questions, interventions and collaborations that have the potential to change systems of inequity. Join us as we explore questions of identity and power in the context of philanthropy, consider how power and privilege play out in our work as grant makers, and discuss organizational and institutional practices to address power imbalances as integral to our work of social, political and economic transformation. With: Constance Cagampang Heller, Co-founder, Linked Fate Fund for Justice; Monica Enriquez-Enriquez, Program Officer, Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice; Diana Samarasan, Executive Director, Disability Rights Fund, Inc.

Sex Work is Work: Exploring creative strategies for promoting the economic rights of sex workers
Wednesday, May 22 | 11:15am to 1:00pm
Globally, sex workers face stigma, violence and discrimination with severe consequences for their health, economic status and human rights. Sex worker activists are often ostracized from mainstream human rights movements and funding for their organizations is extremely limited. As grantmakers interested in self-determination and autonomy, we have yet to come together to create a well-coordinated global case for sex work as an economic right and, therefore, a human right. In this session, we will hear from activists and funders about effective strategies focusing on core economic rights issues, such as the recognition of sex work as work, the decriminalization of sex work, alternative employment strategies, and the economic empowerment and social inclusion of sex workers. With: Svati Shah, New York University; Anna Kirey, Urgent Action Fund Advisor; Andrea Ritchie, Streetwise and Safe; Liz Coplen, Red Umbrella Fund.

Laws or Lives?: The Road from Legal Rights to Justice
Thursday, May 23rd | 9:30am to 11:15am
Foundations often fund advocacy to support systemic changes that will yield equity, safety, and health for marginalized communities. While this work is crucial, social movements have argued that it is not enough – feeling the constraint of the politically winnable against a backdrop of daily threats against their lives. In this session, we will use examples within the LGBT movement to explore the tensions between legal protections, implementation and the ability to thrive. We will examine two country specific case studies – Ecuador and South Africa – for insight about opportunities for moving from formal equality to lived experiences of justice. With: Andrew Park, Director of the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Program at Wellspring Advisors; Mia Herndon, Global Philanthropy Project, Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice.