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.
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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.
Asia Hadley from Foundation Center writes in this GrantSpace article about the resources and platforms tracking the life outcomes of Black men and boys and what major gaps still exist in understanding what is being done and who is doing it in the field of Black male achievement. Hadley then continues to discuss what Atlanta and other cities need to change the outcomes of for boys and men of color.
Read this blog post on Trabian Shorters, the CEO of BMe Community, in the Huffington Post. Shorters discusses the perception of Black males in the U.S. and how negative views can be changed. Among his suggestions is to heed President Obama’s comment that investing in young Black men isn’t charity, it is lucrative.
Learn from this blog post why grassroots organizing support is essential to expanding civic space.
Grassroots organizations consist of rights-holders — people who are directly affected by a problem or whose rights have been infringed or violated. These groups use collective action to address obstacles to the full realization of their constituents’ rights, not only locally but also at the national and international levels. They are associated with bottom-up decision making and are seen as being more spontaneous than groups plugged into more traditional power structures. They seek to challenge and change the status quo. Yet, grassroots organizing receives a mere 2 percent of funding for human rights. The impact of funding at the grassroots level are numerous:
- Better outcomes
- Sustainable solutions
- Lower costs
- Self-sufficient communities
Read this blog post from Ben Barge of the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP).Barge writes that the Black community cannot wait any longer for racial equity to be addressed. “Funders can and should respond urgently by taking the following steps to share resources with black-led organizations working to change the complex policies, practices, biases and culture that allow racial injustice to flourish in the first place.” His advises three steps foundations can take:
- Listen to black-led organizations and black organizers confronting these injustices about what they need, and invite them to play a greater role in your grantmaking process.
- Act decisively and inclusively on what you learn by devoting greater resources to black-led organizing currently operating on shoestring budgets.
- Be a leader in helping other peer funding institutions overcome their misconceptions, fear, or inertia to take similar steps and open up more resources for racial justice.
The New Teacher Project interviews Chris Chatmon, the director of the Office of African American Male Achievement (AAMA) in the Oakland Unified School District since 2010. In the six years since, AAMA has garnered national attention for its unique methods to empower young African American men, steer them away from the criminal justice system, and drive results in the classroom.
Read Anthony Smith’s blog post, “Valuing Black Lives“, in The Huffington Post. He writes about the need to address systemic injustice to eliminate violence against Black boys and for leadership from all sectors: government, business, philanthropy, faith, and community, including youth.