Lived Experience:
impacting our work and the field

CHANGE Philanthropy (formerly known as Joint Affinity Groups) was founded in 1993 to unify identity-focused philanthropic affinity groups into an empowered coalition. Coming together, our seven core partners are working to integrate diversity, inclusion, and social justice into philanthropic practice, transforming the sector’s culture to be one that embraces equity.

What makes CHANGE Philanthropy unique is our advocacy of community priorities of our partners with an intersectional approach. Each partner organization organizes resources and builds connections and represent the communities that they promote. That lived experience shapes our work every day, giving us a connection to the strengths and assets of different communities as well as to their needs.

We also provide tools, resources, and connections to the greater philanthropic community, as well as leveraging the knowledge and insight of our wide network within this community. Together, we’re working to raise the level of dialog among funders so that philanthropic dollars are dispersed through equitable practices that take the true concerns of all communities to heart.

Learn more about how we work, including our five areas of focus, here.

Our Mission

CHANGE Philanthropy is a coalition of philanthropic networks working together to strengthen bridges across funders and communities. We are transforming philanthropy from within by building knowledge, fostering diversity, and creating connections.

Our Vision

CHANGE Philanthropy holds a vision of transforming and challenging philanthropic culture to advance equity, benefit all communities, and ignite positive social change

Our Core Values


Lived Experience:
impacting our work and the field

Lived Experience

impacting our work and the field


Marvin Webb
Director of Operations & Member Services
Funders for LGBTQ Issues

How do you identify yourself?

African American 50+ year old gay male.

Tell us about a past experience that inspires the work you do today.

I come from the Midwest, from divorced parents, raised in the United Methodist Church, attending private schools when my mother worked for the public school district as a teacher. I was a modern dancer and lived in NYC during the peak of the AIDS epidemic.

What change do you hope to see in philanthropy?

More inclusiveness in all that people do – not just making sure there are enough gays, women, Blacks, Hispanics, and Native Americans in the Philanthropy work pool. For me, this is about a change in lifestyle acknowledging the brilliance and range of depth that diversity can give an institution, corporation, and outputs/outcomes.