Equity in the Philanthropic Sector

By Emily Brenner, student assistant, Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy Here at LearnPhilanthropy, we provide a platform for sharing tools, knowledge, and guidance from the field for grantmaker learning. As the philanthropic sector has begun to more deeply understand the pervasive and systemic inequities in our society, more foundations and philanthropy serving organizations are bringing an equity lens to their work. Many foundations are focusing on how well their own structure, governance, and staffing contribute to equitable outcomes. Others are rethinking their grantmaking strategies from the perspective of reducing disparities within our society. This post highlights some of the ways Read more

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From Words to Action A Practical Philanthropic Guide to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

As communities worldwide are becoming more diverse, they are increasingly tackling the realities of systemic inequity. Philanthropy too must acknowledge its place in the context of transformative demographic changes. Addressing diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) has been an ongoing challenge within philanthropy, and while there has been progress, it requires continual work. This GrantCraft leadership series paper by Barbara Chow dives into those challenges and opportunities to explore how DEI can become more integrated into grantmaking practices and broader foundation ethos. This paper aims to inspire new ideas and thinking by foundations about how DEI can become more integrated in grantmaking practices and Read more

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The XX Factor: A Comprehensive Framework for Improving the Lives of Women & Girls

In this report, we provide a comprehensive framework for those interested in advancing the lives of women and girls. Our team examined dozens of research studies and related frameworks, sorting through the thousands of indicators that are being used by development institutions, policymakers, foundations, community agencies, and other stakeholders concerned about making a difference in the lives of women and girls. What emerged from the evidence was consensus around which indicators link to the greatest impact on the lives of women and girls globally, in five key areas: health, education, economic empowerment, personal safety, and legal rights. We call these Read more

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The Case for Funding Black-Led Social Change

Within philanthropy there is a surge of interest in racial equity, accompanied by new support for Black-led organizing and social change organizations. This encouraging uptick runs counter to a long pattern of philanthropic neglect and under-investment in the infrastructure of Black institutions. Nonetheless, questions abound. Is this new philanthropic interest in racial equity episodic? And will it translate into long-term and significant support for Black-led social change organizations, in order to make Black communities matter and thrive? More than a polemic in trying times, these are the questions posed by the Black Social Change Funders Network (BSCFN), a partnership forged Read more

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A new era for African philanthropy

There has never been a greater time for African philanthropy and philanthropy in general than today. The momentum and interest around philanthropy have grown – at times surprisingly so, given that not so long ago philanthropy was accorded no role in formal and intergovernmental processes. Not many governments considered philanthropy in their policy processes; if they did, they would do so in disparaging or suspecting ways. African governments viewed philanthropy (particularly international foundations) as part of a western agenda to influence regime change. This view, which many still hold, has in part been fuelled by the fact that many foundations Read more

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Black Out: Understanding LGBTQ Advocacy and Black Communities

This webinar, part of ABFE Third Thursday Webinar Series and co-sponsored by Funders for LGBTQ Issues and The Third Wave Fund, examines how leaders and organizations connect racial and LGBTQ identity to secure social justice for LGBTQ people.

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Funding Indigenous Peoples: Strategies for Support

This guide looks at how funders collaborate with and bring support to indigenous communities around the world. Through examples from a diverse range of foundations, this guide explores how grantmakers work with indigenous peoples, the approaches they take, and the practices they find effective.

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Responsive Philanthropy in Black Communities a Framework and Agenda for Change

This new template builds upon grantmaking with a racial equity lens but is tailored specifically to grantmaking in and for Black communities. As a result, we have designed a set of defining characteristics of philanthropy that we believe is more likely to reduce gaps in racial disparities facing Blacks in the United States and are looking to partner with grantmakers around the country to apply this framework to their investments.

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ABFE

ABFE is a membership-based philanthropic organization that advocates for responsive and transformative investments in Black communities. Partnering with foundations, nonprofits and individuals, ABFE provides its members with professional development and technical assistance resources that further the philanthropic sector’s connection and responsiveness to issues of equality, diversity and inclusion.  




All change at TrustAfrica: interview with Akwasi Aidoo and Tendai Murisa

The unburied dead, small change and the questionability of old men’s wisdom: on the eve of stepping down as executive director of TrustAfrica, an organization he founded some eight years ago, these are among the preoccupations of Akwasi Aidoo. Caroline Hartnell talked to him and to his successor, Tendai Murisa, about how each sees the change and what lies ahead for African foundations. What has been accomplished over the last decade and what comes next?

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Lessons for Philanthropy: A Journey into Indian Country

This report chronicles five years of work to build and strengthen relationships between organized philanthropy and Native Americans and First Alaskans in our region. With pictures, poetry and stories, the report explores how Philanthropy Northwest members are seeking to better understand Native history and culture, and to expand opportunities for deeper, strategic philanthropic partnerships between Natives and non-Natives.  

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Guide to Arab American Giving and Workbook

CAAP developed this core publication as a useful tool to enhance your giving. The Guide summarizes basic information on giving options and ways to refresh and improve your giving strategies. The Guide aims to help you practice the art of philanthropy more fully and in a more meaningful way.

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Insights on Arab American Giving

This report is the first initiative of the Center for Arab American Philanthropy. It is a program to promote strategic philanthropy in the Arab American community nationwide. While there are many challenges and barriers to Arab American giving, the research shows a strong demand for support to donors and broad recognition of the potential for philanthropy to strengthen and showcase Arab American civic participation.

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The Women Effect

Try this exercise. When you think ‘women’ and ‘investing’ what do you think about? This piece is going to ask you to think about the ‘women effect’ as a factor across multiple dimensions where ‘women and girls’ and ‘impact investing’ come together. Across all asset classes, and a variety of stakeholders.

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Interview – Theo Sowa, African Women’s Development Fund

‘We all have power, different types of power. When we don’t acknowledge that power, it’s easier for others to step all over us.’ As both grantmaker and fundraiser, the African Women’s Development Fund (AWDF) has been on both sides of the fence. As a result, Theo Sowa, AWDF CEO and chair of the African Grantmakers Network, has very clear views about the use and abuse of power. Caroline Hartnell asked her what power AWDF has and how it seeks to use it responsibly, and about the importance of African women setting their own agenda.

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Gender Transformative Giving The Next Phase in Feminist Philanthropy?

This report makes the case that donor support for gender transformative programming is crucial to effective giving. Gender transformative approaches are a low-risk, high-return opportunity to address gender inequality in greater depth and with more comprehensive solutions.

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Strategies for Impacting Change in Communities of Color

The authors describe the work of the Cultures of Giving initiative funded by the W. K. Kellogg Foundation over a ve-year period. The goal of the initiative was to understand, develop, and support philanthropic giving within and among communities of color. Based on learning from evaluations, as the initiative progressed the theory of change was modied and new program components were added. Results suggest that leadership development is an important strategy. A community of practice around giving in communities of color was created, suggesting the potential for long-term impact.

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Next-Generation Philanthropy: Examining a Next-Generation Jewish Philanthropic Network

As a result of mobility, philanthropy among a Millennial group of Jewish donors is becoming divorced from the communities in which their parents live. This group’s members generally perceive themselves as thinking and acting more strategically than past generations. They expect philanthropic organizations to operate with increased transparency, and those entities will need to adapt to these expectations in order to thrive.  

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Setting the Table for a Sustainable and Just Food System

The Diversifying Leadership for Sustainable Food Policy (DLSFP) initiative sought to build the advocacy capacity of ten people of color led organizations to address food and agriculture systems issues and broaden the diversity of the sustainable agriculture and food movement. Describes some of the findings of the initiative such as: limited civic and leadership capacities of their constituencies, lack of inclusiveness into the agricultural food sector. The lessons learned from the initiative suggest a new theoretical model for building advocacy in people of color-led organizations.

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