Many in the philanthropic sector are beginning to grapple with embedded racism in ways that they haven’t before. But experts say that the hard work of turning these conversations into real organizational change has only just begun.
Fundraisers of color confront racism and bias throughout their careers, according to a new study that sheds broader light on some of the troubling dynamics that surround issues of money, power and race in the nonprofit sector.
More funders are grappling with issues of equity and who gets heard in civic debates. In Chicago, the Field Foundation and the MacArthur Foundation recently launched a new effort to elevate voices from historically marginalized communities.
Borealis Philanthropy, the progressive grantmaking intermediary, has rolled out a new initiative to build up the racial equity training field. The larger goal: helping the nonprofit sector do much more to address the root causes of racial disparities.
It seems like every time we look, there’s a new local giving circle rallying the philanthropic efforts of women and people of color. As we expand our coverage of the Upper Midwest and Great Plains, we learned about the I Be Black Girl circle in Omaha, Nebraska.
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.
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.
The tech sector is growing, but the diversity of its workforce has lagged behind. The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative has joined the growing ranks of funders taking on this challenge, with a big gift to change who’s in the talent pipeline for Silicon Valley jobs.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 .
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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?
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.
Funding for Native American causes consistently falls short. But in Alaska, the state with the highest percentage of Native residents, some key funders are stepping up for these communities.
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.
Last year’s violence in Charlottesville, VA triggered some major donations at the time. More recently, Bank of America gave $1 million to UVA’s education school to promote tolerance in youth. Other donors have also stepped forward.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.