At Philanthropiece, how we do our work is just as important as what we accomplish. Whether our partners share with us values, programs, or collective visions, our approach informs our every interaction and allows us to create reciprocal relationships.
We participate in – and stand in solidarity with –
initiatives that embody Philanthropiece’s values.
We are proud to be cultivating relationships with the organizations below. To us, cultivation means pursuing a deep understanding of collective power and individual needs. Cultivating with these community partners means that we champion their work, show up to their events, welcome both informal interactions and deliberate meetings to build relationship and better understand the work, and build trust and clarity through dialogue and shared experiences.
We design working agreements with groups
with whom we share programs or visions.
We are proud to be cultivating initiatives, programs, and movements with the groups listed below. At this stage, Philanthropiece commits both financial resources and staff time, as we work together to develop or improve strategy, organizational structure, program design, and sustainability plans. We provide support and counsel as part of the initiative’s leaderships team, boards, and working committees. When we cultivate, we support all aspects of the initiative, provide hands on support, contribute to communications and outreach, and continue to grow and deepen relationships.
A CSG is a group consisting of about 10-25 people who know and trust each other, and meet regularly to save money. The group also has an opportunity to issue small loans to one another with terms and interest rates that are decided upon by the group and included in a written agreement. A CSG liquidates after an agreed upon period of time; at this share-out each member receives the money they personally saved as well as a share of the interest (if applicable) that they have earned as a group. They then begin a new cycle.
Since 2010, Philanthropiece has honed a culturally appropriate methodology and applied it to train community members in Mexico on how to form and implement CSGs. To date, over 1850 people in Baja California Sur, Baja California Norte, and Puebla are saving as a result of our CSG program. Now it’s time to bring it to our own backyard.
That’s where the Tampon Project comes in! This project was kick-started when the group noticed a prevalent issue at their school - a lack of feminine hygiene products in our bathrooms. The project goals are to provide pads and tampons and to start a conversation to eliminate the stigma about periods. Philanthropiece is honored to work alongside Malakia and Sarah, as well as the members of the Women’s Empowerment Club, to support in the development of their design, strategy, and sustainability plan. Youth changemakers inspire us!