Possibility Logs

The Possibility Logs features news, inspiring articles, insights, field learnings, theories of change, case studies, and directional observations on the growth and evolution of what it takes to co-create a just economy. Like sailors at sea, or scientists experimenting in a lab, we hope to learn and build upon the stories of hope and pathways of action.

From #GivingTuesday to #BuildingCommunityPower

Every dollar from #GivingTuesday goes a long way for savvy social changemakers on the ground, but the bigger need that centers movements is for donors to shift and expand their giving by investing…

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The Possibility Logs Vol. 1: Our Journey Since Launch

Our first exploration was simple and straightforward—to discover the possibilities of this hypothesis: If bold visionaries are supported by…

A group of people preparing an ofrenda.
Co-Creation is About Community, Connection, and the Cosmos

Automating transactional infrastructure (e.g., streamlined financial reports) to improve cumbersome processes was the first step in our…

Woman smiling.
An Evolving Lexicon for Co-Creating a Just Economy

Change is a collective effort. As we reimagine new, equitable economies as an intermediary, we have learned that the systems and lexicons…

PL team members smiling.
Engaging with Empathy, Equity and Effectiveness

Since April 2022, we have been deep in conversation peer to peer, between supervisors and direct reports, among managers and senior…

A group of diverse people smiling in front of a building.
Building Power, Building Wealth: The Value of Community-Driven Models

Our greatest barrier is the scarcity of money. Or so we have been told. Charitable giving had a record-breaking year in 2020 at $471.44…

Fidelity Investments building facade.
Bringing Community Power to the Mostly Hidden World of Donor-Advised Funds

Lem White wants to “blow up” the donor-advised fund model. Also known as DAFs, these are accounts created at a sponsor entity that allow…

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Supporting BIPOC Communities Requires Investing in BIPOC Leaders

A new economy is slowly emerging, one where historically marginalized communities have self-determination and where we can build…

Illustration of Elon Musk with a bitcoin.
From Elon Musk and crypto cashouts, more capital flows in than flows out of donor-advised funds

One may have gotten Elon Musk’s $5.7 billion gift of Tesla stock. Others have received hundreds of millions in crypto currency from the…

Image with text: Kataly Fundation joins Pl's donor advised funds.
Kataly Foundation Joins Possibility Labs’ Donor Advised Fund (DAF) Pilot with $20M Activation

Possibility Labs (“PL”), a nonprofit empowering racial justice by democratizing funding processes and access to business infrastructure,…

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$20 Million Contribution Seeks to Spark Donor-Advised Fund Gifts to Groups Led by People of Color

A start-up donor-advised fund has a message for would-be donors: Don’t let your contribution gather dust. Possibility Labs, which in August…

From #GivingTuesday to #BuildingCommunityPower

Every dollar from #GivingTuesday goes a long way for savvy social changemakers on the ground, but the bigger need that centers movements is for donors to shift and expand their giving by investing catalytically too.

Cover and pages of The Possibility Logs.
The Possibility Logs Vol. 1: Our Journey Since Launch

Our first exploration was simple and straightforward—to discover the possibilities of this hypothesis:

If bold visionaries are supported by a new ecosystem of agile, creative, and accountable partners with the empathy and expertise to operationalize their vision and mission, then they can catalyze, grow, and sustain power and wealth for Black, Indigenous, People of Color, and systematically oppressed communities.

A group of people preparing an ofrenda.
Co-Creation is About Community, Connection, and the Cosmos

Automating transactional infrastructure (e.g., streamlined financial reports) to improve cumbersome processes was the first step in our co-creation process. And we learned from early conversations, such as with Ain Bailey from New Seneca Village, that partners don’t want a transactional “babysitter” to pull reports—they want strategic partners who can help with out-of-the box thinking.

Woman smiling.
An Evolving Lexicon for Co-Creating a Just Economy

Change is a collective effort. As we reimagine new, equitable economies as an intermediary, we have learned that the systems and lexicons we navigate across funders and social enterprises are typically silo-ed, and thus unfamiliar.

PL team members smiling.
Engaging with Empathy, Equity and Effectiveness

Since April 2022, we have been deep in conversation peer to peer, between supervisors and direct reports, among managers and senior leadership, and as an organization as whole about how we aim to live into our values as an organization, but also as people.

A group of diverse people smiling in front of a building.
Building Power, Building Wealth: The Value of Community-Driven Models

Our greatest barrier is the scarcity of money. Or so we have been told.

Charitable giving had a record-breaking year in 2020 at $471.44 billion. Yet, in 2021, but for the notable exception of Mackenzie Scott, donations towards initiatives benefiting Black and Brown communities weren’t a priority for the nation’s top 50 donors.

Fidelity Investments building facade.
Bringing Community Power to the Mostly Hidden World of Donor-Advised Funds

Lem White wants to “blow up” the donor-advised fund model. Also known as DAFs, these are accounts created at a sponsor entity that allow account holders to get the tax benefits of giving away large sums of money all at once, then distribute those dollars later — if and when they feel like it — to tax-exempt organizations doing actual work on the ground in communities. It’s easier than establishing a foundation, which requires setting up a new entity, lots of meetings, paperwork, legal fees and ongoing reporting requirements.

Collage of hands and colorful circles behind them.
Supporting BIPOC Communities Requires Investing in BIPOC Leaders

A new economy is slowly emerging, one where historically marginalized communities have self-determination and where we can build regenerative relationships with our planet and each other. Unsurprisingly, the communities leading this work are those most affected by the challenges of our times. Black, Indigenous, and people of color change-makers are at the forefront of these efforts, addressing climate change, systemic racism, and economic inequities by drawing on our communities’ traditions of cooperation, mutual aid, and sustainability.

Illustration of Elon Musk with a bitcoin.
From Elon Musk and crypto cashouts, more capital flows in than flows out of donor-advised funds

One may have gotten Elon Musk’s $5.7 billion gift of Tesla stock. Others have received hundreds of millions in crypto currency from the Bitcoin bros.

Donor-advised funds were key beneficiaries of last year’s soaring value of stock and crypto investments, as owners of those assets sought to offset their tax bills with charitable donations. Donor-advised funds, or DAFs as they are known, are tax-advantaged vehicles set up by individuals or families to manage their charitable giving.

Image with text: Kataly Fundation joins Pl's donor advised funds.
Kataly Foundation Joins Possibility Labs’ Donor Advised Fund (DAF) Pilot with $20M Activation

Possibility Labs (“PL”), a nonprofit empowering racial justice by democratizing funding processes and access to business infrastructure, today announced that organizational partner Kataly Foundation (“Kataly”) has made an inaugural $20 million commitment to PL’s donor advised fund (DAF) pilot.