Cover of the Passages Issue Brief, Bridging the Power Divide, with a person teaching a few others in a room


Passages Issue Brief具有有关权力的故事,观点和实用技巧,以及有关家庭资助者如何努力与受赠人合作伙伴和他们关心的社区弥补电力鸿沟的建议。享受此摘录桥接电力鸿沟:家庭资助者如何共享和转移权力,,,,以合唱基金会为特色。

As a teenager, Farhad Ebrahimi’s father gifted him a significant sum of money. His first reaction? Deep discomfort.

“It took me a long time to get my arms around how I wanted to respond,” he says. “I had the sense that ‘this money shouldn’t be mine; it should be used for social change work.’ I felt a responsibility that there was a moral, equitable thing to do.”


“这些早期经历影响Choru什么s Foundation does now,” he says. As its mission, the foundation focuses on ‛supporting communities on the front lines of the old, extractive economy to build new bases of political, economic, and cultural power for systemic change.’



“Foundations, and all power structures, are extractive in many ways. We have to acknowledge that and be willing to dismantle that. And if we really want to try to make reparations for a history of oppression, racism, and other forms of injustices, that means facing a future where wealthy family foundations are less wealthy because the resources are shared more equitably,” he says.

“以信任的速度,跨关系完成的事情。”- 合唱基金会Farhad Ebrahimi






“Relationships hold all this together. It means checking in with the folks we trust, and that know and trust us. Sometimes we design a structure and it’s imperfect, or we have a blind spot. Folks will let us know when there’s an ‛ouch,’ and we will change things accordingly,” he says. “Things get done, across relationships, at the speed of trust.”

“The only way to truly dismantle power is to move the resources to the community.” – Farhad Ebrahimi, Chorus Foundation



Family foundation boards that make plans to exist in perpetuity are in direct opposition to sharing power, he says. “With perpetuity, you are interested in maintaining the status quo. The only way to truly dismantle power is to move the resources to the community.”


“Foundations need to be honest with themselves: Is this family philanthropy about the family, or is it about the philanthropy?” he says. “If it’s truly about the philanthropy, it needs to be about shifting power and privilege in a way that benefits other people.”