Beyond the Newsroom: A Digital Media Company’s Grants to Cultivate a Diverse Journalism Workforce

Beyond the Newsroom: A Digital Media Company’s Grants to Cultivate a Diverse Journalism Workforce

As funders continue efforts to boost diversity in journalism, traditional news organizations are struggling to survive amid waves of layoffs. Here’s how one corporate grantmaker working to promote diversity in media is navigating this changing landscape.

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“Of the Community.” How a New African-American Giving Circle is Gaining Steam

“Of the Community.” How a New African-American Giving Circle is Gaining Steam

Giving circles that mobilize money from African-American communities for work that benefits these communities is on the rise. One example is Sisters’ Circle GKC in Kansas City, which has been growing since its creation in 2016.

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The Foundations That Work on Environmental Health, with an Eye on Building Power

The Foundations That Work on Environmental Health, with an Eye on Building Power

Over recent years, more grantmakers have tuned into how environmental health hazards are far more likely to affect the poor and people of color. We talk to a key figure in this funding movement about the strategies in play and the work that lies ahead.

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Listening and Evolving: How a Community Foundation Put Racial Equity at the Center of Its Work

Listening and Evolving: How a Community Foundation Put Racial Equity at the Center of Its Work

Community foundations tend to play things safe, given the many stakeholders they must please. So how did the Brooklyn Community Foundation get out front on racial equity, becoming an early philanthropic leader on these issues? Here’s the inside story.

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When Eagles Hatch: Native Americans in Philanthropy and Native Youth Activism

When Eagles Hatch: Native Americans in Philanthropy and Native Youth Activism

A small cadre of foundations and nonprofits has been expanding efforts to improve understanding and funding for Native -related causes. One important focus is fueling Native youth activism, work that has been been picking up steam in recent years.

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Getting Proactive: A Tech Giver’s Journey to More Strategic Giving

Getting Proactive: A Tech Giver’s Journey to More Strategic Giving

Tech entrepreneur Mark Vadon’s foundation once gave reactively to local causes in the Seattle area. Now, it’s laser-focused on empowering Native American communities. We get the inside story of how this grantmaker stepped up its game.

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Focusing on Pivotal Moments, a Foundation Works to Help Girls and Women Avoid the Sex Trade

Focusing on Pivotal Moments, a Foundation Works to Help Girls and Women Avoid the Sex Trade

NoVo has long been a leader in the fight against sex trafficking. Now, with a new grantmaking program, the foundation is looking to close on-ramps and create exit ramps for the girls and women involved in trafficking and the sex trade within the U.S.

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How a Project in Boston is Mixing Philanthropy and Investments to Reimagine Capitalism

How a Project in Boston is Mixing Philanthropy and Investments to Reimagine Capitalism

What would a new economy that works for everyone look like? And how do you create it? The Boston Ujima Project thinks it has some answers, building a place-based investment fund that is democratically controlled by community members .

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Changing the Narrative and Building Power: A Muslim American Fund Takes the Long View

Changing the Narrative and Building Power: A Muslim American Fund Takes the Long View

Rapid response funding will always be necessary for a community that often finds itself under political attack. But the Pillars Fund wants to go beyond that, changing how American Muslims are seen and building capacity from the ground up.

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An Actress Looks to Break the Silence on Black Mental Health With a New Foundation

An Actress Looks to Break the Silence on Black Mental Health With a New Foundation

Negative perceptions around mental illness and a lack of quality mental healthcare are major problems in black communities. Taraji P. Henson, an acclaimed actress with family experience in this realm, recently launched a foundation to take on these issues.

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“Disrupting the Legacy of Colonialism.” An Oregon Funder Partners With Tribes on the Environment

“Disrupting the Legacy of Colonialism.” An Oregon Funder Partners With Tribes on the Environment

The Meyer Memorial Trust in Oregon has been organizing its grantmaking around equity for a couple of years now. In its most recent round of environmental grants, it launched several collaborations with Native American tribes that are worth a close look.

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A Closer Look at a New Women-Led, Black-Focused Giving Circle in Chicago

A Closer Look at a New Women-Led, Black-Focused Giving Circle in Chicago

The giving circle movement has been growing fast in recent years, drawing in new kinds of donors. A case in point is an effort on the South Side of Chicago that describes itself as a “fierce group of women paving a path of investment into women-of-color-led community initiatives.”

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“It’s Very Empowering.” Latino Giving Circles Are on the Rise

“It’s Very Empowering.” Latino Giving Circles Are on the Rise

Donors of color are becoming more collaborative and organized, a push that reflects growing wealth in these communities and longstanding frustrations about neglect by mainstream philanthropy. A recent convening underscores the new energy around Latino giving.

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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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