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New Statement on Best Practice for Youth
5/20/2017 10:48:30 AM
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May 20, 2017

New Statement on Best Practice for Youth

Two funders -- the George Family Foundation and the Women's Foundation of Minnesota have just published an extraordinarily strong public call for the field to embrace gender norms as a core philanthropic competency. The emailed statement was accompanied by a state gender survey developed by TrueChild (available at reports we write).

The statement read in part: "[P]hilanthropies like ours must include gender and gender norms in our intersectional approaches to research, grantmaking, and community conversations."

"We believe that every funder working with youth must integrate gender norms into their planning and programming practices. As we all know from our careful considerations of race, place, and class in our programming, individual youth development solutions don’t work unless our approach recognizes and addresses the underlying systemic problems."

"Communal beliefs and practices around gender and gender norms are some of the underlying systemic problems that prevent Minnesota’s young people from thriving; and, collectively, we have the power to change that. We look forward to partnering with you."

The full statement appears below.

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