Donor Development and the Beloved Community

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Last night, I was talking with an old friend who has spent a good part of her life in community organizing about the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s notion of “beloved community” in social justice work. Here is a quote that encapsulates the concept:

“Our goal is to create a beloved community and this will require a qualitative change in our souls as well as a quantitative change in our lives.”

And, partly in an extension of that conversation, I am sharing this article from the newest edition of our print magazine by one of our former newswire writers, Jennifer Amanda Jones. The piece beautifully addresses the interconnection between social change and human development, and donor development in particular. We think it is an important contribution to emerging thinking about what it will take to build resilient and multiply-focused communities of action, communities that are the changes they wish to create through every piece of their work—even fundraising.