We’re Opening Up New Paths
for Philanthropy

At Magic Cabinet, we are working creatively and collaboratively to reinvent the sector, so nonprofits can simply do what they do best. We partner with philanthropic funders and community leaders to experiment transparently, learn openly, and bring a flexible approach to philanthropy — committed to centering, listening, and adapting to ever-changing community needs.

Magic Cabinet Initiatives

Reciprocal Grantmaking

Our approach to grantmaking centers nonprofits, and is rooted in building relationships, fostering mutual trust, and rebalancing power.

Philanthropic Advising

We’re eager to share what we’ve learned over 15 years of trying to do philanthropy differently and guide funders in responsive and effective giving.


To accelerate change in philanthropy, we bring together funders, government, and community partners to explore new practices and policies.

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In this piece, Magic Cabinet CEO Christina Engel shares how philanthropy can shift away from hierarchal giving models toward more innovative and responsive funding grounded in community insights and priorities.

As our first Magic Cabinet cohorts adjourn after five years together, cohort members share lessons learned, surprising moments, capacity-building projects, and what's on the horizon for their organizations.

Amber Banks of Decolonizing Wealth Project shares insight on the organization's reparative philanthropy model and recent expansion into the Global South.