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Sankofa Philanthropy: Hip Hop’s Sixth Element

Jason Terrell, originally posted on Nonprofit Quarterly, March 2023

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“Hip hop—the music and its culture—turns 50 this year. The artists behind this popular genre are also at the forefront of philanthropic giving today. That’s because hip-hop culture embraces the principle of “sankofa,” valuing the importance of going back to a community after becoming successful and bringing others along. Hip hop’s practice of sankofa is transforming philanthropy, paving the way for future innovation in the sector through funding opportunities that bring underserved communities into the fold.”

Read more on the influence of hip hop culture on philanthropy (and what many funders and foundations can learn from the practice of sankofa) in his full piece on Nonprofit Quarterl.

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