A New Giving Circle That is Exclusively Funding Black-led, Black-Serving Nonprofits

A New Giving Circle That is Exclusively Funding Black-led, Black-Serving Nonprofits

Thanks to the “philanthropic redlining of African-American communities,” black-led nonprofits tend to be smaller, have less access to funding sources, and have fewer cash reserves. Here’s how a new giving circle in Philadelphia is responding to that shortfall.

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Mega-Donors Rarely Support Historically Black Colleges. Will This Gift Change That?

Mega-Donors Rarely Support Historically Black Colleges. Will This Gift Change That?

Ronda Stryker and William Johnston’s $30 million gift to Spelman College is the largest gift to a historically black college in 30 years. Why is it so hard for these schools to raise big money even as many higher donors profess an interest in equity?

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"A Different America." A Movement Funder Tries to Change Who’s Invited to the Table

"A Different America." A Movement Funder Tries to Change Who’s Invited to the Table

The Third Wave Fund almost shut down a few years ago. Now, back from the brink and with two new leaders taking the reins, it’s dedicated to empowering those who’ve been locked out of mainstream philanthropy.

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Building Power: A Foundation Sees Voter Mobilization as a Pathway to Racial Justice

Building Power: A Foundation Sees Voter Mobilization as a Pathway to Racial Justice

Lots of grant money has been flowing lately for movement building. The Akonadi Foundation is among those funders now looking to translate that energy into gains at the ballot box, as we explored in an article first published in May.

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A Latent Force: Inside the Collaborative Organizing Wealthy Donors of Color

A Latent Force: Inside the Collaborative Organizing Wealthy Donors of Color

Wealthy individuals of color give generously to philanthropic causes, but largely do so in isolation, cut off from other donors of color and key networks of white peers. Here we republish a piece from last fall about an effort to change that. 

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“It’s Time for an Intervention.” Edgar Villanueva Has a Message for Philanthropy

“It’s Time for an Intervention.” Edgar Villanueva Has a Message for Philanthropy

In his new book, Decolonizing Wealth, Villanueva critiques a sector that he argues is based on enduring colonial structures of power. But, he says he’s coming from a place of love and a belief that money can be used as a healing cultural tool.

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“An Essential Priority.” What a Local Funder is Doing to Expand Opportunity

“An Essential Priority.” What a Local Funder is Doing to Expand Opportunity

With Central Texas experiencing rapid population growth and demographic change, the Austin Community Foundation is engaged in new efforts to close opportunity gaps for women and Latinos.

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The Color of Power: Inside a Push to Bring Diversity to Nonprofit Boards

The Color of Power: Inside a Push to Bring Diversity to Nonprofit Boards

Some 90 percent of nonprofit leaders are white, a number that’s barely budged in decades. The African American Board Leadership Institute is trying to change that. Its co-founder, Virgil Roberts, fills us in on the strategy.

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Donor Organizers: Behind an Inclusive New Approach to Social Justice Funding

Donor Organizers: Behind an Inclusive New Approach to Social Justice Funding

The Giving Project is energizing diverse small donors who are not well-represented in philanthropy. And it’s moving money to the kind of community-led organizing work that’s underfunded by larger foundations.

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Looking Inward: The New Fund Seeking Racial Equity in the Nonprofit Sector

Looking Inward: The New Fund Seeking Racial Equity in the Nonprofit Sector

Nonprofits rarely resemble the communities they serve, which can limit both their impact and legitimacy. A new fund backed by two top foundations aims to change that. What’s the strategy and where are grants going?

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Overlooked and Underfunded: Why a Hollywood Actress Is Stepping Up for Latinas

Overlooked and Underfunded: Why a Hollywood Actress Is Stepping Up for Latinas

While still filming Desperate Housewives, Eva Longoria went back to school to receive a master’s in Chicano Studies. Now, the Eva Longoria Foundation is laser-focused on empowering Latina women. Here’s the backstory.

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