The goal of the Philanthropic Initiative for Racial Equity (PRE) is to increase the amount and effectiveness of resources aimed at combating institutional and structural racism in communities through capacity building, education, and convening of grantmakers and grantseekers.

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Earlier in 2018, Philanthropy News Digest spoke with Lori Villarosa (PRE) about the difference between racial equity and racial justice, the challenges of racial equity/justice work in the Age of Trump and the lessons she and her colleagues have learned as they have worked to create a more just society.


In partnership with Race Forward and Foundation Center, PRE looks at how we define, measure, and track grantmaking aimed at structural racism. Using available data on racial justice grantmaking, we have created an infographic  to explore the question, “What do we need to know to prioritize racial justice?"

Annual foundation funding focused on people of color has never exceeded 8.4% of overall grantmaking, even as the population of People of Color has grown substantially over the past 20 years. What is your foundation doing to address this disparity in racial equity?


Watch for updated 2015 and 2016 data coming soon, with additional partners Funders for LGBTQ Issues


In 2016, PRE launched Racial Equity for Economic Security (RE4ES) in the South with support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Our project explores how a racial equity lens could potentially change policies and practices within the economic security field, resulting in better outcomes for low-income children and families of color in the South, particularly focusing on Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi and North Carolina. In addition, this project considers how removing racialized barriers could improve quality of life for all low-income families and enhance the performance of the economy as a whole.

RE4ES works with grantmakers and nonprofit partners to identify what it takes to build awareness around and tackle the persistent challenges and disparate outcomes that resource-poor families of color, in particular, often face. One of the desired outcomes is to help the philanthropic community use a racial equity lens when considering investments and designing interventions in the economic security field, in the U.S. South and beyond.


National Network of Consultants to Grantmakers; Sharpening Your Racial Justice Journey: Lessons from Grantmaking with a Racial Justice Lens  
Thursday December 6, 2018 — 1:00 PM EST (WEBINAR)

Lori Villarosa, will share lessons and insights from PRE’s recent research to inform its upcoming guide, Guide to Racial Justice Grantmaking. This guide is an update to PRE’s seminal publication, Grantmaking with a Racial Equity Lens, first published in 2007 in partnership with GrantCraft. The webinar will highlight case studies and emerging themes around how individual grantmakers and grantmaking institutions are moving the needle to advance a racial justice agenda. It will also reflect on how the landscape has changed or not changed since the first guide was release over a decade ago. Finally, the session will include advice and reflection on how consultants can help grantmakers through strategic intervention, guidance, and partnership to advance their commitments to racial justice.


PRE's Funders Lab on Racial Equity of Economic Security in the South   (For Funders Only)
Tuesday, December 4, 2018 - Atlanta, GA *South Eastern Council of Foundations (SECF)

The Lab is a unique opportunity for funders working in Southern communities to go deeper around issues at the intersection of racial and economic justice, including community investments, public/private collaborations, program strategy, capacity building, infrastructure, and communications, among others.

We are pleased to announce the following faculty: 


For full details on all events, visit our news page.

PRE is expanding! 
We are hiring a Communications and Program Manager.  
Please apply if you want to join our team and share with your networks.




PRE is excited to announce: Grantmaking with a Racial Justice Lens - An Introduction.

When PRE, in partnership with GrantCraft, released Grantmaking with a Racial Equity Lens, a few foundations had made racial equity a central focus of their work, but many were still exploring how to incorporate equity into their grantmaking.

Our guide helped surface how to advance racial equity in philanthropy, aiming to make it a core practice and goal of grantmakers. Rather than other popular approaches of the time—“colorblindness,” universal approaches, diversity— PRE’s guide defined a racially equitable world as one where the distribution of resources, opportunities and burdens is not determined or predictable by race.

In the 12 years since the original guide was developed, the country’s political, economic, and cultural landscapes have undergone multiple, dramatic changes. Public engagement and organizing against racism has risen to historic levels, driven by the contributions of organizers, communicators, journalists, scholars, and artists. There has been significant growth in the number of foundations integrating a racial analysis into their work.

Still, in this ever-changing climate, funders face urgent new responsibilities. In response to these conditions, PRE has produced an updated guide. The daily practice of using a racial equity lens in social change as well as in grantmaking has established a baseline understanding of structural racism and has led to new insights, definitions, and nuances. Today, while PRE continues to value the language and progress of racial equity, activists and growing numbers of grantmakers have been calling for an evolution from a racial equity lens to a more ambitious racial justice lens.


A National Conference presented by Race Forward: The Center for Racial Justice Innovation. A unique collaborative space for racial justice movement making, Facing Race is the largest multiracial, inter-generational gathering for organizers, educators, creatives and other leaders.



CHANGE Philanthropy is focused on creating a national movement among funders to improve the health and well-being of all communities-equally. We recognize that being able to connect with peers who are in the same place in the journey is an important step to creating increased impact.

Every 3 years, we hold a UNITY Summit for our communities to come together and create a rich in-person dialog in a collaborative space where new ideas and strategies can be born.

The UNITY Summit is an important opportunity for members of our network and beyond to come together to discuss and create cross-community impact strategies. Registration will be open shortly.

PRE is proud to be a collaborating partner with CHANGE Philanthropy.


Video and transcript from the acceptance speech given by Marisa Franco at Creating Change 2016 in Chicago, IL for Leadership on Immigration with important reflections on what movements need now.
"The way I see it there are some differences of opinion around here about what this movement is gonna move going forward. And who moves a movement. I can tell you that more and more we will be asked a simple question: What side are you on? I hope that we don't look back at this moment and say we watched. I am not asking you to adopt my rage as your own. A strong movement holds multi-plicity, but it must always be rooted in justice. I am asking you to have our back, I am asking some of you to consider using your access to make room. This is not a time to turn down the volume, it's a time to tune in." - Marisa Franco, Director and Co- Creater Not1More Deportation Campaign; Mijente and PRE Advisory Board member.



Sustaining Racial Justice Action in Philanthropy: Ferguson & Beyond


Many of us have watched or perhaps even marched, as community members mobilize to keep the nation's attention on the racial injustice so evident in the recent tragic police killings of unarmed Black men and boys, with outrage then exacerbated by the failures to indict the police responsible for the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner.

As change agents within philanthropy, as we witness local, national and global action in response to the repeated travesty of justice and societal failure, how do we work to support the current movement and continue to build toward deeper transformational change? How do we sustain attention and build within philanthropy as well? And importantly, how do we fight the tendency of the urgent need to respond that leads to overly simplistic responses?

At PRE, we have been long been focusing on the question of what it takes to strengthen the support needed to combat structural racism, and in the past year have particularly sought to cull lessons from past racialized flashpoints as we work with funders and the field to advance deep transformation. To see some of our recommendations based on a meeting we convened with activists and funders, and others across the country in these past months, as well as other resources from PRE and partners please go here.