Why are we running this project?

The Robert Bosch Stiftung is supporting Leap to advance power sharing and systems thinking within philanthropy in Europe. We are keen to support participatory practices in how decisions around grants are made and provide opportunities for our target groups to become more involved in these decisions. We are also supporting Leap to learn from this process ourselves and become better at providing funding to address inequalities.

How does the project work?

In 2022, Leap plans to facilitate and host the participatory development of several experiments to create models of processes that renegotiate power and move philanthropic funds towards systems change initiatives. Leap aims to gather funders and practitioners in collective sensemaking and strategic visioning on not only the “what” but the “how” of philanthropic systems. The collective holds safe spaces for funders and practitioners to meet on equal footing with mutual benefit for both sides and geared towards the redistribution of funds in order to restore balance and abolish extractive and oppressive systems. The Leap community will regularly share learnings and reflections in various channels and platforms to contribute to wider discussions in philanthropy.

Climate Justice Working Group

Leap has initiated its first experiment in the field of climate justice, bringing together activists and funders in a participatory process to nurture climate justice work in Europe. A working group of 10+ activists and 2 funders has now formed. Following initial discussions about the lack of clarity about what climate justice actually means and how it is embodied in practice, the working group is currently mapping, and will go on to consult, grassroots initiatives that may self-identify with the label of 'climate justice'.
The group aimes to expand funders' perspectives on the various intersections of climate and social justice activism and will gather case studies and feedback from this ecosystem to then develop recommendations for how funders might better support work at the intersections of climate and social justice. The group sees these efforts as part of a vision for systems transformation and for redistributing resources to grassroots and community-based climate justice work.