Slow train coming: Taking time for community-driven systems change (Guest post at the Johnson Center)

“A new generation of funders is radically challenging how the sector defines and achieves its goals — arguing that shifting power to communities is both more ethical and effective for long-term impact.”

I am pleased to share this piece I wrote for the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy describing how Firelight came to develop and adopt community-driven systems change as our approach to grantmaking, capacity strengthening, and learning and evaluation. The article also shares five overarching recommendations on how others can get started with this approach, along with examples of progress we have already seen in our work with Firelight.

To read the full piece, visit the Johnson Center’s blog here.

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