Our place in the Frosted Cake is stratified by layers – indicating our proximity to or distance from money. In spite of our pursuit of social change, we are situated in a hierarchical power structure.
The Frosted Cake confines us in a rigid square. Not only is the cake baked with a power imbalance, it also boxes us in to convention.
Covering the Cake is a thick frosting. Its sticky composition holds the Cake together (and hides what lies beneath). Its opaque coating conceals us in incongruence.
We are covered in contradictions.
The frosting of deficiency (of time and money, and relatedly, capacity) limits our dreams, planning, and action.
We are obscured by scarcity.
The frosting of exclusion views complex, messy, and slow participatory approaches as prohibitive. Insular decision making prevails.
We descend into extractive practices.
The Glazed Doughnut is transparently glazed (rather than opaquely frosted) to elicit pride in a practice that reflects values of social change.
It reminds us to be intentional about how we allocate our time (rather than perpetually fall into a deficiency trap).
It demonstrates our holistic nature, where inclusivity is considered imperative (rather than unreasonable).
It guides us with clarity and vitality (rather than fulfilling an obligation).
We are dignified with congruent values.
The Glazed Doughnut is horizontal (rather than vertically layered) to solidify everyone’s place alongside each other.
We are democratized in side-by-side partnership.
The Glazed Doughnut is circular (rather than square) to emphasize interrelated and continuous processes. It encourages us to be adaptable to constant change. Its spaciousness liberates us to delve into the unknown.
We harness our imagination and fortify our interconnectivity.
The Glazed Doughnut offers a nourishing (rather than depleting) practice that uplifts the true meaning of 'philanthropy' – 'love of humanity'. An inherent aspect of our humanity is the appeal to share and learn from stories.
The Glazed Doughnut taps into these instincts with three interconnected stories of hope, voice, and action.
These stories are encompassed as a practice, a way of being (rather than a linear and momentary development of products, such as a strategic plan, evaluation, or report of findings).