Last week, the Homeless Person Representation Project hosted a virtual conversation on “Creating an Equitable Safety Net,” including Michael Camlin, OSI-Baltimore’s program manager for Wellbeing and Systems Change.
Camlin talked about ways that funders can work to strengthen the social safety net, both in terms of who they choose to fund and in how they operate.
“What we choose to fund impacts the resources available in communities and the types of organizations that are able to sustainably grow and contribute to the broader safety net,” he said. “And what we see is that, all too often, philanthropy is basically white people giving money to other white people. We need to change that, both by changing the type and range of organizations we’re funding and by changing who we’re empowering within foundations to make decisions about where money should be directed.”
Watch the full discussion below.