Partners of Young People with Wealth: North Carolina RG’s amazing, strong, fierce Partner Praxis Group

By: The North Carolina Partner Praxis Group

The North Carolina partner praxis group is a fierce, loving, and caring community. We are a group of Resource Generation members who are partners of young people with wealth. We come from poor, … Continue reading »

Why I’m Going to Transforming Family Philanthropy 2016

by Monica

[Editor’s note: Register today for the 2016 Transforming Family Philanthropy Retreat: March 31 -April 3rd in Chester, CT.]

I joined Resource Generation in 2015, the year I became more involved with my family’s foundation. I have to admit, … Continue reading »

Five reasons to attend Transforming Family Philanthropy

TFP 2015

I discovered RG three years ago after a frantic online search for information following a frustrating phone call with my mother. During the call, I was informed that, upon turning 21, I would be named as a trustee of a private family foundation. Without going into too much detail, the thought of engaging with four family members with varying degrees of interest in the process and only a few intersecting values felt challenging to say the least.


Unsettling Thanksgiving: One More Way to Love My Family

I love my family.  My brothers are incredible people, full of love and music and insight.  My aunt gives the most enveloping, I-love-you-to-your-bones type of hugs. And Thanksgiving is one of the only times we all get together at once.  Across the generations of separation & the many forces that have spread us across the country, I am so grateful that we have held onto this ritual of coming back home to one another.

Yet every Thanksgiving I feel a deep dissonance as I see “happy Native” figurines pop up.  I remember that this is also the National Day of Mourning as articulated by Wamsutta James in 1970.   I remind myself that after 500+ years, the settler occupation of this land persists, and the settler tools of genocide continue. pilgrims

So, as a settler on this land, I’ve decided to start a new ritual with my family. I am going to make a donation to support the return of U.S. land to indigenous ownershipand invite everyone at my Thanksgiving table to join me.

Here’s why.


Partner Stories: A New Tumblr

by Liz Sullivan, Partner Leadership Team

We’ve all been there (or, at least, I hope it’s not just me); it’s 3 pm, and even though you have things to do, the Internet beckons with cat pictures to laugh at, endless articles to read, and enough YouTube videos to keep you parked at your laptop until next week. The Internet can be a distraction for sure, but it turns out that it can also be a damn good place to connect with each other. The RG partner leadership team has recently harnessed this power of connectivity and launched a new Tumblr called RG Partner Stories.

There are many partners in the RG community, but we don’t often have opportunities to physically come together to share our stories. Partners may struggle in isolation with questions or feelings that are hard to share. As RG member leaders and partners, we created this Tumblr to break down the physical distance and teach other what it means for us all individually to be partners in cross-class relationships. It’s also a chance for us to get to know each other and connect personally. While our relationship with class status, both old and new, is a part of our identity, it’s not our whole identity. The Tumblr is a place to share, “this is what my partner experience is like” and a little bit of “and this is who I am!”


Where Are You From? A Little Bit About Shalini

I highly recommend readers to also watch the following 27 minute speech by Nandita Das, an Indian actress and social activist, on the meaning of identity and “the other” in today’s world.

Juggling multiple identities can be both a rough and empowering experience at many levels. And I don’t mean in the sense of the struggles of having multiple personalities. This blog post is not about that (although that psychological condition needs the recognition it deserves in it’s own right). I am talking about something that is more common in the world today – that is, the complexities of having multiple identities when one is also privileged. Many of us live in many worlds – whether as a result of class, race, sexual orientation, gender, one’s profession, choices, or otherwise. However, we also live in a world where there is a deep lack of recognition of the complexities of a person’s identity, a world in which things placed in neatly labelled boxes is the norm. In this blog, I attempt to provide a background on the vastly different aspects of my own identity, my struggles with it, as well as my attempt to use it in a positive manner.

My foray into having multiple identities started at the very young age of 6 months, when my family moved to Lusaka, Zambia. (more…)

Dialogue with Dad: Getting Deep into Race, Class and Philanthropy with My Father

Burke Stansbury is a RG alumni and former board member and chapter leader. He currently lives in Seattle with his family.

In February of this year I invited my dad, Michael Stansbury, to participate with me in a giving project through the Social Justice Fund NW.  He was a little apprehensive at first and had a lot of questions, but he eventually agreed to do it.   So in March we jumped right in, becoming the first father-son team to engage in a SJF giving project together.

For me, it was a logical step to invite my dad in.  Since I started getting involved with Resource Generation nearly 10 years ago I’ve increasingly thought of myself as a “donor organizer.”  And what better donors to organize than your own parents, especially if they have more access to resources than you do?  In 2007, I worked with my parents to start a family foundation – actually a donor-advised fund with a concrete mission statement – and we meet annually along with my partner Krista to make a set of grants.  It’s been a fulfilling process, inspiring me to move even further into the realm of collective, de-centralized giving.  In 2010, I joined a group of Resource Generation members and community organizers in Washington DC in founding the Diverse City Fund, a foundation with a rotating grantmaking team made up of community leaders of color.

When I moved to Seattle last year I searched for a similar vehicle for giving, especially in light of the fact that I had been away from my hometown for nearly two decades and didn’t have a good sense of the organizing environment.  Which is where Social Justice Fund NW comes in.  Donating to SJF and participating in a Giving Project was the perfect way to align my values around democratized decision-making in philanthropy, while also building community across class and race. (more…)

The Smooth Life

Jamie Johnson is so pretty.

My friend sent me a link to a podcast a few months ago from The Moth, a series that features true stories told live. The storyteller was Jamie Johnson, a documentary filmmaker who made Born Rich and The One Percent. Because I am the world’s slowest emailer, I only listened to it this morning, but I was so glad I finally did.

Johnson tells the tale of how he and his father became estranged after the debut of his first film. When, after months of silence, the two finally sat down together, his father told him, “You just don’t get it, Jamie… there’s a reason why rich people don’t talk about money.” When pushed to explain what he meant by this, Johnson’s father just pulled a mysterious videotape marked “1972” from his bookshelf, handed it to his son and left the room.

The tape turned out to be a documentary film critical of the family’s business dealings in South Africa during apartheid. In the credits, Johnson discovered his father listed as a producer. Eventually, his father told Jamie the story of the film, and how, after it was released, the family company’s CEO called to reprimand him. “Life isn’t going to go well for you if you keep working against the world that you’re a part of,” the CEO told him. And at that moment, Johnson’s father made a choice to change. (more…)