Vancouver Foundation is prioritizing justice over charity in 2021. Here’s why.

Dara Parker, vice president of grants and community initiatives, writes about how the foundation is changing its processes to centre equity-denied groups

Why It Matters

As Martin Luther King Jr. said, “Philanthropy is commendable, but it must not cause the philanthropist to overlook the circumstances of economic injustice which make philanthropy necessary.”

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