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5 Insights on How Philanthropy Can Help Support Policing Reform

5 Insights on How Philanthropy Can Help Support Policing Reform

On June 18, 2020, Arabella Advisors hosted our latest webinar, “Policing: The Donor Moment and What Is Possible.” The webinar focused on the immediate role philanthropy must play in meeting this moment of crisis and opportunity in reforming our current approach to policing. In the context of long-overdue public attention on policing practices that place undo harm and burden on communities of color and increasing public will for change, the current moment calls for more than tinkering around the edges of change. True transformation requires a holistic reevaluation of our approach to public safety, prioritization of upfront investments in community-led solutions, and real accountability measures that protect communities of color.

Our speakers brought deep and diverse experience to the conversation. They treated the audience of funders, advisors, and fellow changemakers to a fascinating and wide-ranging discussion on how philanthropic partners can focus resources to advance needed changes. Arabella’s CEO, Sampriti Ganguli, moderated the conversation. Our speakers were:

You can view a recording of the webinar here (noted: due to technical difficulties, the first few minutes of the session did not record properly). A handful of the key points our speakers made are summarized below.






One key takeaway all our speakers endorsed: there is no one right place to fund this field, especially in the current moment. The needs right now are varied and at multiple levels, so there are many places to plug in and help. The first order of business for donors looking to make a difference is to get involved by learning more about local efforts to change these harmful systems and get funds moving to organizations that are positioned to make change.


You can hear much more from all of our speakers by viewing the recorded webinar here. Huge thanks to them all for joining us and sharing their insights.

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