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.

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,…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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,…

$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…

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

$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 began to offer a donor-advised fund with a required annual distribution, today said it has attracted a donation of $20 million from the Kataly Foundation based on its commitment to support grassroots social-justice organizations led by people of color. Donors are required to direct at least 10 percent of their account assets to charity each year or Possibility Labs will do it for them.In addition to the donor-advised funds,