“Really, the very best philanthropy event I’ve attended.” stimulate further reflection and discussion within our organizations on our role as actors for change, our strategies, and how we can intensify our work with partners and allies.”
The 2014 Conference
Just Giving 2014: Global Social Change Philanthropy Conference
Towards an Ecological and Socially Just Transition to the Next Economy
The 14th annual Just Giving Conference tackled the toughest, most essential challenge facing our generation: achieving economic and ecological justice.
Just Giving’s collective purpose is to enhance philanthropy’s capacity to confront and to address successfully these profound systemic challenges.
Four building blocks made up the agenda for the 2014 conference. More time was allocated for informal discussion, caucusing and advancing strategic initiatives led by grantmakers in and outside EDGE Funders. Above all else EDGE created an inclusive space aimed specifically at deepening relationships and strengthening a sense of community and shared, aligned purpose. EDGE Funders Alliance works to increase support for greater equity and sustainability within the system as it is, while encouraging our community to address our deep and systemic social, economic and ecological challenges over the long term, supporting needed innovations and alternatives for tomorrow.
“I am glad I attended the conference, as what I learned and experienced there will be useful to me in my work”
Just Giving 2014 sought to achieve the following:
- To undertake the “managerial tasks” of feeding the planet, reversing anthropogenic climate change, securing community natural resource management and transitioning to a new, sustainable economy, while also attending to the tasks of personal, institutional, and social transformation.
- To find space for movements and to honor the value-frames they bring to the task of transformation.
- To develop discussion and strategy development sessions that combine an issue focus with power analyses of, for example:
- Community food systems; Regions feeding cities, Agriculture out of the WTO!;
- Energy democracy, including housing – affordable, energy-smart, community-minded;
- Strengthening local control of resources and of the commons, and community bargaining power in setting new rules for the global economy;
- Rights, sexual orientation and gender justice, Indigenous strategies of resistance and resilience;
- Philanthropy itself, including the ‘permafunding’ concept rooted in permaculture’s core tenets of Care of the earth, Care of the people, Return of surplus, i.e. reinvesting foundation resources in service of people and planet.
- Among other topics of key interest to the wider philanthropic community.
Just Giving 2014 = Learning + Inspiration + Community + Strategy
The Just Giving conference provides grantmakers with a unique space for learning, inspiration, community-building, and strategy. That’s not a marketing device; it’s a design principle.
“So inspiring to have this special combination of thinkers, funders and activists together.”
“Excellent plenaries and workshops. Really appreciated the depth of political analysis and thinking about solutions, including a good number of voices from social movement leaders both in the US and around the world.”
“I thought everybody left inspired and with a better idea of what a “just transition” looks like.”
- Terry Odendahl, Global Greengrants Fund
- Ken Wilson, Christensen Fund
- Tanya Dawkins, Trustee, CarEth Foundation
- Nikhil Aziz, Grassroots International
- Holly Bartling, General Service Foundation
- Kyra Busch, Christensen Foundation
- Victor DeLuca, Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation
- Monica Enriquez, Astraea Foundation
- John Esterle, Whitman Institute
- Samantha Harvey, Overbrook Foundation
- Sarah Hobson, New Field Foundation
- Dana Kawaoka-Chen, Bay Area Justice Funders Network
- Nicolas Krausz, Fondation Charles Léopold Mayer Pour le Progrès de l’Homme
- Peter Riggs, Pivot Point Dana Perry, Global Greengrants Fund