Organizational Development

Organizational development is the biggest need in community organizing, argued a grantmaker at a national foundation, and a challenge philanthropy ought to do more to take up. There’s a field-building side to this... In a similar vein, community organizing is often a low-paid job, certainly lower than salaries for people doing other forms of advocacy or service provision. As funders, we need to ask ourselves, is this okay? Do we want to perpetuate the inequity of heaping on organizations the very conditions they are fighting to correct in their communities: low pay, few benefits, long hours, less time for family? I would like to see us do more to take responsibility for building this important field and not just take advantage of it.” - Grantmaker discussing capacity building for community organizing organizations

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This takeaway was derived from Funding Community Organizing.