About this event
Power dynamics are at the heart of the funder-grantee relationship. Power can be difficult to define: it can be ‘hard’ or ‘soft’, ‘visible’ or ‘invisible’, ‘old’ or ‘new’. So how can funders best understand and address power in their work?
This seminar will explore how funders are acknowledging power dynamics, using their power for good, and seeking creative ways to shift power to grantholders and communities. Katie Boswell, Deputy Head of Funders at NPC, will introduce the topic and share some of the things that we’re seeing in our work across the sector.
Rehana Reid, Grants Manager for the Justice and Equality Fund at Rosa, will share her experience of developing Rosa’s first participatory grant-making process. Power dynamics was a driving force for the programme and Rehana will reflect on benefits, challenges, and learning from the process.
There will also be a chance to share your own experiences of power dynamics and address questions including:
- What can participatory grant-making teach us about power dynamics in the sector?
- How else are funders addressing power dynamics in their work?
- How can shifting power increase funders’ impact?
The event will be chaired by Tris Lumley, Director of Innovation and Development at NPC..
If you are interested in attending please email us at events@thinkNPC.org.
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