Philanthropy has to ‘Get Woke’ on Race & Inequality

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Read this article by Dr. Robert Ross of the California Endowment to determine whether your foundation is truly wading into the epic battle unfolding against inequality in our nation or is sitting it out.

This is a year in which we find our nation deeply divided, frenetic, and torn. Populist uprisings sweep the nation and infiltrate the discourse surrounding the most electrifying presidential campaign in at least a half-century. Many working-class white Americans and frustrated young people of color have channeled their anger through anti-establishment candidates, expressing disgust with Wall Street-dominated political influence. With the emergence of Black Lives Matter, structural racism has been officially called out as a crisis in America. The Dreamers movement unleashes activist energy in favor of immigration reform, even in the face of political paralysis in Congress.

The issue of inequality in America is intense, urgent, and pressing.