Janis Foster Richardson
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  • Hallettsville, TX
  • United States
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Please share something about yourself, your work, and what draws you to the Inclusion Network online community.
I have recently retired after nearly twelve years as Executive Director of Grassroots Grantmakers, a networking of funding organizations in the United States and Canada that are using small grants programs and a highly relational style of grantmaking to invest in everyday people and the groups that they form for collective action and mutual support. My long-time association with the ABCD Institute and my deep-seated belief that people, not programs, are the answer to the good life in communities, brings me to the Inclusion Network.
What would you like to contribute to this community? What would you like to receive?
I would like to contribute my experience with the the possibilities and limitations of using funding to support and strengthen the associational groups that people form to work together, and to share the wonderful work that is going on across the Grassroots Grantmakers' network. I would like to build relationships with people who are swimming against the "every problem needs a program" tide, and bring ideas, inspiration, and people into our network.
How did you hear about this community?
I first heard about this community from my dear friend, Mike Green. Tom O'Brien and Eric Jacobson have also encouraged me to get involved with this community.
What are some of the questions you'd like to explore, or conversations you'd like to have with others in this community?
How can funders better support people working in the inclusion community? What about our current understanding of grassroots grantmaking could be of use to this community - and what do we need to invent to replace funding practices that are not useful?

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