Donor Briefings

Building Power to Effect Social Change: Philanthropy's role in effectively supporting community organizing (RECORDED)

Organizers Share Insights on Social Justice Philanthropy


Mar 16, 2022


1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.




Lorenzo Jones, Kica Matos, Laura McCargar. Moderated by Cesar Aleman.

Clockwise, from top left: Moderator Cesar Aleman; panelists Kica Matos, Lorenzo Jones and Laura McCarger.

Provide support that gives activists the training and tools needed to build a broad-based movement. Let people in the community who are seeking change determine the causes and issues they take on. Be comfortable with challenges to existing power dynamics. Have patience.

Connecticut veterans of social justice movements offered these and other insights during a March donor briefing on how philanthropy can effectively support community organizing.

“You don’t win because you are right. You win because you are strong,” said panelist Lorenzo Jones, co-founder of the Katal Center for Equity, Health and Justice.

Jones was joined by fellow panelists Kica Matos, Vice President of the Vera Institute of Justice, and Perrin Family Foundation President Laura McCarger. The event was moderated by Cesar Aleman, Director of the CT Urban Opportunity Collaborative.

The panelists discussed how people most affected by inequities are best positioned to work together and build power to implement and lead long-term solutions. Watch the recording of this virtual conversation to learn more about effective ways to support community organizers working to address the root causes of injustice and create lasting positive change.

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