Reimagining Philanthropy: Join Our Board, Make a Difference

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Independence Public Media Foundation is launching an open call for new board members. We aim to add four to six new members who live in the Greater Philadelphia region and can commit to the time and effort required of the role starting in 2025.

Our hope is to find people who believe in our vision for a future where media accurately represents the diverse, complex lived experiences and imaginations of Black, Indigenous, people of color, and other communities harmed by systems of oppression and media erasure. We are looking for people who are willing to be challenged, who are eager to join our journey to ask hard questions of the work, of ourselves, and each other, in struggle and solidarity with our community partners.

As an organization, we try to break down barriers that are designed to keep philanthropy at arm’s length from the communities it purports to serve. There are many well-known (if not widely-practiced) ways to tear down these barriers: by spending time in communities listening to their ideas and needs, making grant applications simple and accessible, and by being transparent about how and when decisions are made, to name just a few.

We believe that reimagining philanthropy requires us to search inward, too. We are exploring the enormous power we hold as individuals working in philanthropy, and interrogating our personal relationship to money and how it influences our beliefs and actions. We are working to redefine board, staff, and community roles and responsibilities and dismantle traditional foundation processes, policies, and decisions that perpetuate deep inequity and injustice in our communities.

If this resonates with you, we hope to hear from you.

Please see more information on the board open call page about board member expectations, the open call process, and a link to the application.

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Molly de Aguiar

Molly leads the Independence Public Media Foundation with 18 years’ experience in thoughtful, responsive philanthropy, and expertise in supporting community-owned and community-driven local media. 

Before IPMF, Molly spent 12 years at the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, where she launched and directed the Informed Communities program, which attracted partnerships with national funders and helped New Jersey become a model for local journalism innovation. She also served as the first Managing Director of the News Integrity Initiative, a globally-focused philanthropic project, at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY. She co-founded the Local News Lab, sits on the board of the New Jersey Civic Information Consortium, and writes and speaks frequently about reimagining philanthropy.

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