Emmett D. Carson, CEO and President of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, writes:
“Philanthropy must use its voice and financial resources to engage in research, advocacy, and lobbying (community foundations) to eliminate the systemic racism and other bias that permeates our policing and criminal justice, housing, healthcare, employment, voting rights and education systems, resulting in unfair outcomes.”
Read this Philanthropy News Digest blog post from the president and CEO of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, La June Montgomery Tabron.
“Racial healing doesn’t begin until you intentionally, respectfully, and patiently uncover shared truths,” she writes.
Read Trabian Shorters’ analysis of the warped mentality many progressive foundations have when considering their work in black communities. Shorters argues that the combative War on Poverty narrative that “casts black children in the role of threat” and turns the “urban schools, homes, and cities in which they dwell” into battlefields helps cement racism, rather than fight it. He urges philanthropists to craft a new narrative by highlighting positive statistics and discussing the successes of black Americans in areas such as parenting, patriotism, enterprise, and generosity. He includes other tips for nonprofit leaders, including depositing money in black owned banks and working with consulting firms that have people of color in their senior leadership.
Dive in to key tips that the Urgent Action Fund (UAF) has identified for its frontline activists hoping to do effective organizing in the “different environment” that has emerged in the U.S. over the last six months. UAF has found that progressive agendas depend on grassroots mobilization, supporting intersectional activism is crucial, and working with international actors can be key to progress in the United States.
Follow the deep and eye-opening email exchange between Dwight Vidale (founder of the Young Men of Color Symposium) and Dorian O. Burton (executive director of the Kenan Charitable Trust) as they discuss black masculinity, vulnerability, and self-love. As Dorian writes: “you are my brother and man to man I offer my ears to listen, my hands to do the work of our communities, and most importantly I offer my shoulder to cry on, because the sooner we realize boys do cry and they have a village willing to listen, work, and dry their tears, the quicker we will truly step into our masculinity and the men we have been destined to be.”
In this blog post, Jamal Watson writes about the National Black Male Retreat at Ohio State University, now in its 12th year, that provides a rare opportunity for Black male college students to convene each year. The retreat embodies much of what is missing from the national discourse on Black males. Not enough of our so-called “experts” on Black males are listening to what young Black males have to say.
Dr. Robert K. Ross, CEO of The California Endowment, writes in this Huffington Post article about equity: Weingart Foundation’s commitment to equity, a full-day conversation about equity in American by philanthropy and private foundations in LA, and the greater battle against inequality in that nation.
Read Gasby Brown’s PND blog post on findings from the 2016 U.S. Trust® Study of High Net Worth Philanthropy.
As the demography of America changes, the face of philanthropy is changing along with it. While African Americans have a tradition of giving, the report highlights new data on African-American donors that gives us a clearer picture of the future of philanthropy in the U.S.
“Seeing people who look like you do positive things can have a profound impact on how you see yourself.” This is the foundation for Black Male Re-Imagined, a narrative photo project by TIME’s “Instagram Photographer of 2016” Ruddy Roye.
Philanthropy needs to become more diverse and fund the fight for political change, argues Dr. Andre Perry in “Foundations Aren’t Helping Anyone if They’re Not Serious About Social Justice,” published by The Hechinger Report. He adds, “We are not going to ‘nonprofit’ our way to educational justice.”