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.”
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This blog by the Bay Area Justice Funders Network addresses grantmaking habits that reinforce inequities and the intentional practices based on social justice values that can replace those habits.
Explore Ford Foundation’s recaps of “America Divided,” a docu-series featuring narratives around inequality in education, housing, healthcare, labor, criminal justice, and the political system. The recaps highlight resources and insights on the important policy and social justice issues raised in each episode.
In this PND article, President of the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, Ridgway White, writes on the problems that still face Flint: residents’ health, the city’s infrastructure, the local economy, and public trust. The foundation, headquartered in Flint, has committed up to $100 million to help the community respond.
In this blog, Ben Hecht, president and CEO of Living Cities, writes about the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. not only in racial justice, but also economic justice. Hecht sees much more work to be done, with the wealth gap wider now than in King’s day.
This SSIR article encourages philanthropists who champion equality to shift from a framework that grounds giving in “charity” to “justice.” Giving should seek to break down longstanding, intentional, institutional policies that have shaped social divides in the United States and that continue to promote inequality today.
It provides seven questions that every philanthropist should consider about the inputs and outputs of their efforts
In this interview, Cecilia Clarke, president and CEO of Brooklyn Community Foundations, speaks with Philanthropy News Digest about the foundation’s focus on racial justice, its decision to divest its portfolio of industries that disproportionately harm people of color, and the post-election role of philanthropy in advancing racial equity.
Ford Foundation president, Darren Walker, writes in this blog post about the complexities and cruelties of 2016, Ford’s commitment to pursuing difficult questions, and how the cornerstone of all efforts to overwhelm inequality and injustice is hope.
David Callahan writes in this Inside Philanthropy piece about the Open Society Foundations history of opposing totalitarian governments and their current efforts post-election. OSF has announced $10 million for a rapid-response initiative to “support, protect, and empower those who are targets of hateful acts and rhetoric.” The goal is to “bolster communities’ ability to resist the spread of hate and strengthen protections for their most vulnerable neighbors.”
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.