Defund the police movement needs to shift power to communities
Originally published in The Chronicle of Philanthropy , August 7, 2020
NFF CEO, Antony Bugg-Levine, and founding executive director of Community Connections for Youth, Rev. Rubén Austria, offer ideas on how foundations can ensure that dollars are well spent as cities move to pull funds from police.
“We need to change not just where the money goes, but who determines where it goes and who controls how it’s spent. Real change comes from shifting the power to communities. Groups led by people of color, the ones that serve the people disproportionately killed and incarcerated by poorly run police departments, are the ones who should set the agenda and control the resources as we move forward.”
Authors: Antony Bugg-Levine, CEO, Nonprofit Finance Fund, and Rev. Rubén Austria, executive director of Community Connections for Youth