Magic Cabinet and PolicyLink invest $3.6 million in a four-year partnership for community-led solutions in Puerto Rico. The initiative, sparked by a roundtable during the Biden-Harris Administration’s Puerto Rico Economic Dialogue, focuses on strengthening local governance, fostering transparency, and supporting grassroots organizations.
In this episode of the Future of Smart podcast, host Ulcca Joshi Hansen speaks with Christina Engel and Tiffany Johnson of Magic Cabinet, a philanthropic organization that seeks to shift power dynamics in philanthropy by championing community-driven grantmaking.
Activist Ledys Sanjuan Mejía of Fenomenal Funds shares the fund’s learnings over two years using a participatory approach to shift power and build a more responsive funding ecosystem.
As executive director of DC’s Diverse City Fund, Tamira Benitez is on a mission to ensure that grassroots leaders and organizers across the region are resourced to prioritize rest and healing.
Magic Cabinet is pleased to announce its exciting partnership with independent media startup Proximate. Together, they’re set to deliver impactful solutions journalism, focusing on participatory grantmaking and social sector innovations, in a bid to strengthen communities and trust in institutions.
Nonprofit leaders from Seattle and San Francisco inaugural appointments establish a community-centric board structure to further Magic Cabinet’s mission of championing community-led work.
Community voices shape every aspect of our work, starting with our engagement process. By prioritizing conversations with community leaders and grassroots organizations, we’re able to identify areas where our grants can make the most impact.
INSIDE PHILANTHROPY | Magic Cabinet: A Matchmaking Participatory Grantmaker Helps Teams of Grantees Build Capacity
Magic Cabinet has a unique take on participatory grantmaking, inviting small cohorts of grantees to share flexible, capacity-building funds. Magic Cabinet’s leadership explains how it works in a report by Wendy Paris of Inside Philanthropy.
In this blog series, we’ll dive into each of the engagement phases described above our continuous learnings, and how Magic Cabinet works tirelessly to ensure and improve our process so that communities are the loudest voice in shaping their own future.
This report summarizes Magic Cabinet’s research and engagement in funding Solano County nonprofit organizations. In addition, we highlight opportunities, challenges, and recommendations for future philanthropic initiatives in Solano county as well as a framework for engagement for alike regions.