Can settler-led philanthropy advance reconciliation?

Why It Matters

While some settler-led philanthropic organizations have signed a declaration of action around reconciliation, Indigenous-led organizations continue to be underfunded. But a newly updated definitional matrix provides guidance for greater equity in philanthropy.

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The Circle on Philanthropy wants to see the philanthropic sector’s commitments to reconciliation result in more funding for Indigenous-led organizations and hopes a revamped version of its Indigenous Definitional Matrix, otherwise known as the I4DM, will push the issue forward.

Originally created by Indigenous women who were part of The Circle in 2018, along with Indigenous leaders from its wider network, the matrix was revamped late last year. The publicly available tool now includes four

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