Choir Book: A Framework for Social Justice Philanthropy is a guide to support you and your philanthropic organization in aligning your grantmaking practice with social justice values. It defines core values, individual competencies and actions that support values-aligned practice to create a comprehensive framework for effective social justice philanthropy.
Philanthropy is quick to get excited about the latest hot topic, yet it struggles with deeper culture and practice change. The Choir Book is designed to support grantmakers of all kinds in making tangible changes in philanthropic practice to be more equitable and just. We believe that values-aligned practice is a critical step in shifting the culture of philanthropy as well as achieving better results, and that The Choir Book can support veteran grantmakers and those new to philanthropy, whether or not your institutions are focused on social justice.
The ideas in this framework were generated through a combination of broad and deep field engagement and synthesis by a dedicated group of philanthropic and social justice practitioners. It is our sincere hope that you find The Choir Book a valuable resource in strengthening individual skill and application, enhancing organizational grantmaking practices, and increasing collaboration in the field.
For those of you eager to align ALL of the work of a philanthropic institution with its values, beyond just grantmaking, we encourage you to check out Justice Funders’ companion publication, Resonance: A Framework for Philanthropic Transformation.