Just Giving 2014
Global Social Change Philanthropy Conference
Berkeley, CA April 29 – May 1, 2014
TOWARDS AN ECOLOGICAL AND SOCIALLY JUST TRANSITION
TO THE NEXT ECONOMY
Join us in Berkeley, California April 29-May 1, for the 14th annual Just Giving Conference. Deepen your philanthropic practice by engaging with other practitioners, community organizers, and thought leaders on the toughest, most essential challenge facing our generation: achieving economic and ecological justice.
EDGE Funders Alliance works to increase support for greater equity and sustainability within the system as it is, while encouraging our community to address our deep and systemic social, economic and ecological challenges over the long term, supporting needed innovations and alternatives for tomorrow.
Just Giving’s collective purpose is to enhance philanthropy’s capacity to confront and to address successfully these profound systemic challenges.
Just Giving 2014 = Learning + Inspiration + Community + Strategy
The Just Giving conference provides grantmakers with a unique space for learning, inspiration,
community-building, and strategy. That’s not a marketing device; it’s a design principle.
These are the four building blocks that make up the agenda for our conference. More time will be allocated for informal discussion, caucusing and advancing strategic initiatives led by grantmakers in and outside EDGE Funders. Above all else we will create an inclusive space aimed specifically at deepening relationships and strengthening a sense of community and shared, aligned purpose.
We ask this of ourselves:
- To undertake the "managerial tasks” of feeding the planet, reversing anthropogenic climate change, securing community natural resource management and transitioning to a new, sustainable economy, while also attending to the tasks of personal, institutional, and social transformation.
- To find space for movements and to honor the value-frames they bring to the task of transformation.
- To develop discussion and strategy development sessions that combine an issue focus with power analyses of, for example -
- Community food systems; Regions feeding cities, Agriculture out of the WTO!
- Energy democracy, including housing – affordable, energy-smart, community-minded
- Strengthening local control of resources and of the commons, and community bargaining power in setting new rules for the global economy
- Rights, sexual orientation and gender justice, Indigenous strategies of resistance and resilience
- Philanthropy itself, including the ‘permafunding’ concept rooted in permaculture’s core tenets of Care of the earth, Care of the people, Return of surplus, i.e. reinvesting foundation resources in service of people and planet.
… among other topics of key interest to the wider philanthropic community.
Just Giving proposes to open up new professional vistas for grantmakers through a focus on root causes. Please join this effort and add your voices to this collective endeavor. See you in Berkeley!
Conference Planning Committee:
Terry Odendahl, Global Greengrants Fund
Ken Wilson, Christensen Fund
Tanya Dawkins, Trustee, CarEth Foundation
Nikhil Aziz, Grassroots International
Holly Bartling, General Service Foundation
Kyra Busch, Christensen Foundation
Victor DeLuca, Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation
Monica Enriquez, Astraea Foundation
John Esterle, Whitman Institute
Samantha Harvey, Overbrook Foundation
Sarah Hobson, New Field Foundation
Dana Kawaoka-Chen, Bay Area Justice Funders Network
Nicolas Krausz, Fondation Charles Léopold Mayer Pour le Progrès de l’Homme
Dana Perry, Global Greengrants Fund
Peter Riggs, Pivot Point