Grounded in the newly released Resonance Framework, Maestra equips philanthropic leadership with the strategies, skills, and support to guide their organizations through a Just Transition, aligning practices with the values and needs of the communities they fund.
Maestra is an executive-level program for Vice Presidents, Presidents/CEOs/Executive Directors, and Trustees of philanthropic institutions to guide their organizations through a Just Transition in a peer learning environment. Maestra participants will explore how to unify their board, staff, investments, and grantmaking in order to envision a new approach to philanthropy that redistributes wealth, democratizes power and shifts economic control to communities.
Because we recognize that philanthropic leadership is not a solo journey, we invite participants to join the program in pairs: 1 staff member and 1 trustee from the same institution will participate together to deepen your alignment, analysis and trust with each other and collectively in the field. Participants will explore how to create intentional practices for their philanthropy rather than following routine habits.
The path to achieving a vision of philanthropic transformation is not a linear one. Over the last century, philanthropic practices have been structured to reinforce a worldview where individuals and institutions have the right to endlessly accumulate capital and make decisions about how it should be allocated for the public good.
Shifting our worldview to challenge our assumptions about the role of philanthropy is one that requires a deep transformation within ourselves, our institutions and our field.
Maestra provides a supportive environment in which executive staff and trustees are supported to work with each other to build deeper political alignment with grassroots social justice movements and communities organizing for a Just Transition. We will explore possible points of intervention and pathways in which philanthropic practice can support the redistribution of capital, land, and power — and in turn, be part of the transformative shift to a regenerative economy.
The current systems of domination and extraction are wreaking havoc on our social, economic and ecological stability as their negative impacts accumulate at a global scale. The transition from a system organized around limitless extraction and wealth accumulation to one organized around regeneration and resilience within natural limits is a transition in which philanthropy can play a catalytic role.
We invite you to join us in radically imagining a different future, and to align your philanthropic practices and resources with the grassroots social movements that are actively building a new world.