Reimagined Philanthropy

Reimagined Philanthropy: A Roadmap to a More Just World

Drawing on twenty years of practice-based materials, thoughtful interrogation of philanthropy’s legitimacy, firsthand experiences, and approaches for centering equity, Reimagined Philanthropy: A Roadmap to a More Just World features:

  • An inside look on how to amp up or deepen your philanthropy using innovative approaches and best practices
  • An overview of successful approaches and tools based on where we as a society are today and how we got here
  • Real life examples of, and steps to follow to be, an impactful philanthropist


“This book is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand the often overlooked, sometimes entirely invisible, role played by those who work to facilitate better giving…But it is far more than a ‘how to’ resource for funders and others interested in philanthropy, it is a valuable testimony to the positive contribution that private giving can and does make in a world that is very much in need of all the help it can get.” – Beth Breeze (Author, In Defence of Philanthropy)


“Put simply, RPA has done—and is doing—the hard and necessary work of helping people give well. 

This book brings RPA’s unique insights to a broader audience. A collection of both practical advice and compelling reflections on the state of the sector, it provides a framework for donors to refine their giving and maximize their impact. For some, this may mean developing bottom-up strategies that prioritize those with direct experience in the issues at hand. For others, it may require learning how to empower grantees with the autonomy and operational support to deploy funding effectively. These are the lessons we need to accelerate philanthropy toward justice—and a more sustainable, equitable model of giving.

Fifty years ago, Martin Luther King Jr. offered an update to Rockefeller’s philosophy of charitable capitalism:

‘Philanthropy is commendable,’ he wrote, in a series of sermons reflecting on the state of injustice in America. ‘But it must not cause the philanthropist to overlook the circumstances of economic injustice which make philanthropy necessary.’

That charge is no small task; things worth doing rarely are. But this volume is a valuable guide and a fitting tribute to the important role that we can play as ethical stewards of private capital in service of the public good. – Darren Walker (President, Ford Foundation)


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