The Nonprofit Quarterly‘s 2018 Winter issue focuses on the advancement of two practices—one in philanthropy and the other in the civil sector as a whole, “Multiyear and Unrestricted: Seeding a Better Philanthropic Practice” and “Reframing Narratives: New Scaffolding on Which to Construct a Different Future.”
Our first cluster of articles is aimed at encouraging this country’s foundations to consider making more multiyear, unrestricted grants to nonprofits. The old, short-leash paradigm of yearly decision making on grants—whose use is controlled at the foundation level—contains many embedded assumptions, most of which scream distrust and smack of systemic infantilization.
The second cluster of articles looks at what it is about “narrative” that is capturing the public imagination so much right now. For those of us who have spent our lives written out of (or characterized in ugly ways in) dominant narratives, the potential power of rewriting such narratives to conform to our truths and in a way that is embraced by a plural public is clear. But what does it take to build the narratives into the new stories we want to live into?