Understanding Social Justice Philanthropy

Understanding Social Justice Philanthropy

Traditional giving in response to human needs and suffering is important, but it is only one part of today's charitable landscape. Increasingly, foundations, corporate grantmakers, and individual donors are pursuing philanthropy that addresses the causes of social problems rather than their symptoms. To that end, the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy, a research and advocacy organization that promotes accountability among funders, has published a paper that explores the meaning of social justice philanthropy and how it can move society toward economic, political, and social fairness. Understanding Social Justice Philanthropy (31 pages, PDF) examines the theoretical framework for social justice by discussing the work of philosophers John Rawls, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, and Alexis de Tocqueville. The paper also outlines the main elements of social justice philanthropy: research, communication, strengthening social movements, and including constituents in grantmaking decisions.