If you've ever served on the board of directors of a great nonprofit, you'll appreciate the mixture of satisfaction, camaraderie and worries that we encounter as co-chairs of Changemakers.
As Changemakers approaches its 10th anniversary we can look back with pride at all the projects, research, grants and other contributions Changemakers has made to community-based social change funding. We're very proud of newer initiatives, too, like the Essentials for Diversity in Giving (EDG) curriculum.
As board members, we have the pleasure of working with an extremely bright, creative and visionary staff, led by Executive Director CJ Callen. We're constantly astonished by the quality and volume of work that's done on a day-to-day basis by such a small cadre of staff members and consultants.
Each member of the board of directors brings a special viewpoint and set of skills to Changemakers' oversight and governance. When the board and staff get together, we work hard, but we laugh a lot too. There's a real spirit of joy and appreciation, even when we're dealing with challenges.
And of course there are challenges. Our new strategic plan features ambitious goals, especially in uncertain financial times. But we firmly believe in the power of social justice philanthropy, and the need has never been greater. Grassroots institutions all over the country are struggling to do more with less. They need a bigger, broader, more strategic, more diverse set of allies to support their organizing and advocacy work. It's daunting, but we know that between all the staff, volunteers, donors and allies like you, we have the talent and resources we need to help transform philanthropy.
There is one goal that, with your timely help, is certainly within reach. We have a challenge grant of $50,000, but it will only match donations that we receive by Monday June 30. Please take a moment now to send in your gift, and your contribution will be doubled.
On behalf of the entire board and staff of Changemakers, thank you for joining us in our work for a more expansive, equitable and democratic philanthropic community!
Judy Hatcher & Matt Howe
Co-Chairs, Changemakers Board of Directors