The Next Normal: An Interview with Tarik Ward

The Next Normal: Tarik Ward

In this compelling episode, Brooke chats with Tarik Ward, Director of Music Programs at ELMA Philanthropies Services, about the crucial topics of nonprofit sustainability and equity. Amidst the challenges of 2020, Tarik offers his unique perspective on maintaining sustainability, addressing institutional bias, and nurturing black and brown nonprofit leaders. The discussion delves into the changing dynamics between nonprofits and philanthropy, especially how these relationships impact organizations led by people of color. Tarik’s insights are not just timely but timeless in their relevance to the nonprofit sector’s ongoing evolution. This episode is a must-listen for anyone interested in the intersection of philanthropy, equity, and nonprofit leadership.

What Listeners Will Learn:

  1. Understanding Nonprofit Sustainability: Insights into the existential threats nonprofits face and navigating them.
  2. Equity in Philanthropy: How philanthropy can inadvertently disadvantage POC-led organizations and steps to address this.
  3. Leadership in Changing Times: What effective leadership looks like in the current landscape.

Key Takeaways:

  • The necessity of evaluating the relationship between philanthropy and grantees for greater equity.
  • The concept of sunsetting in nonprofits and why it shouldn’t always be feared.
  • Addressing undercapitalization and resource shortages in POC-led nonprofits.
  • Recognizing and confronting institutionalized bias within the sector.
  • The role of schools and communities in adapting to new challenges.

Step-by-Step Process:

  1. Evaluate Current Practices: Assess how your organization interacts with philanthropic entities.
  2. Address Equity Issues: Identify and tackle biases within your operations and funding relationships.
  3. Consider Sunsetting: Openly discuss the possibility and implications of sunsetting for your organization.
  4. Strengthen Leadership: Focus on nurturing effective leadership tailored to current challenges.
  5. Reassess Success Metrics: Re-evaluate traditional markers of success to be more inclusive and equitable.

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