Funding Exchange uses a unique and distinguished approach to philanthropy, Activist Advised Grantmaking. This approach directly involves community activists and leaders in philanthropic decision-making. We believe it is crucial to shift the power for grantmaking to the activists who spend their lives on the front line in their communities to effect systematic change. Grantmaking panelists have a broad range of experiences and reflect perspectives shaped by class, race, sexual orientation, and geography, which uniquely inform their decision-making. The panels also provide much-needed space for activists to develop strategic relationships and share best practices and ideas. You can see our current grantmaking committee on our 2012-2014 Grants Panel page.