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Philanthropy and Diversity/Race Resources

The following lists are not exhaustive, but do provide a range of resources that deal directly with the intersection of philanthropy and racial equity and/or diversity or explicitly address issues of institutional and structural racism. Click on title for link to reports. Click here for a pdf of these resources (including additional entries).

Building on a Better Foundation: A Toolkit for Creating an Inclusive Grantmaking Organization, by the Donors Forum of Chicago, the Minnesota Council on Foundations, Northern California Grantmakers and the New York Regional Association of Grantmakers, presents a framework for incorporating inclusiveness and diversity into the structure and operations of grantmaking organizations.

"In our efforts advancing inclusiveness and racial equity with local nonprofits and funders, we rely heavily on PRE's insights and partnership. They are a leader and go-to resource for anyone seeking to deepen their understanding of these complex and important issues."

- Lauren Y. Casteel, Vice President of Philanthropic Partnerships, and Adrienne Mansanares, Program Officer, Inclusiveness Project, The Denver Foundation

Changing Communities Changing Foundations: The Story of the Diversity Efforts of Twenty Community Foundations, by Rainbow Research, highlights promising practices among community foundations in responding internally and externally to meet the needs of communities of color.

This links to three publications by the Association for the Study and Development of Community, documenting findings of the Community Foundation/Intergroup Relations Program, which was a partnership between the C.S. Mott and Ford Foundations and six community foundations. The publications provide tools that funders can use when reviewing grant proposals for strengthening intergroup relations between recent immigrants and long-time residents; principles to be considered by groups working in such coalitions; and key lessons learned from the multiyear initiative.

Crossing Boundaries, Connecting Communities: Alliance Building for Immigrant Rights and Racial Justice is a report by the Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI), which includes detailed case studies of organizations that are forging effective cross racial alliances between immigrant and native-born communities in order to build power and win just policies and practices in their regions.

Cultures of Caring: Philanthropy in Diverse American Communities, by JoAnne Scanlan, with Mary Frances Winters, Mindy L. Barry, Jessica Chao, and Henry J. Ramos, examines potential ways to expand the use of institutional philanthropy in African-American, Asian-American, Latino and Native American communities.

Diversity in Action: Strategies with Impact by Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors is the third in a series of publications highlighting voluntary efforts in diversity and inclusion within the foundation community. The publication includes real-life examples of successful strategies that foundations have implemented to become more inclusive.

Embracing Diversity; Foundation Giving Benefiting California Communities of Color by the Foundation Center is an analysis of grantmaking to communities of color by 50 of California's largest independent foundations.

From The Roots offers stories from the field of racial justice as well as insights into how the Akonadi Foundation applies a structural racism lens in its grant making and communications. Stories in the report suggest ways to define grassroots-led progress on structural racism.

Improving Race Relations and Undoing Racism: Roles and Strategies for Community Foundations, by Rainbow Research, shares findings from a two-year learning project, engaging more than 110 community foundation representatives, to document and strengthen the foundations' efforts to improve race relations and undo racism in their communities.

Leading by Example: Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity in Community Foundations, by California Tomorrow, is a toolkit for community foundations concerned about diversity, inclusion, and racial equity. The project, funded by the C. S. Mott Foundation, was a joint venture with the Coalition of Community Foundations for Youth, the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, the East Bay Community Foundation, the Greater Milwaukee Foundation, and the Winston-Salem Foundation.

Racial Equity Online Toolkit from Funders for LGBTQ Issues provides a range of grantmaking tools, commentaries and best practices to support grantmakers in implementing an LGBTQ racial equity lens into their grantmaking and internal operations.

Short Changed: Foundation Giving and Communities of Color, by the Applied Research Center, is a study of the levels and ways that foundations have been providing support for racial justice work and efforts in communities of color, particularly noting that such giving has been proportionately decreasing in recent years.

The Meaning and Impact of Board and Staff Diversity in the Philanthropic Field: Findings from a National Study is a Joint Affinity Groups (JAG) study that offers practical recommendations for foundations looking to address the growing diversity of the communities they serve.

The Questions Hold the Answers by Funders for Lesbian and Gay Issues is an overview of FLGI's Racial Equity Campaign, a multi-year initiative to create healthy grantmaking institutions that embody fairness and inclusiveness and support the leadership of LGBTQ people of color and their organizations.

Walking the Walk: Principles for Building Community Capacity for Equity and Diversity, by Hedy Nai-Lin Chang, Ted Scott Femenella, Nguyen Louie, Benjamin Murdock and Elena Pell, describes nine principles designed to help people individually and collectively build community capacity to promote equity and diversity.

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Racial Justice Organizations and Resources

Racial Equity Tools is designed to support individuals and groups working to achieve racial equity. This site offers tools, research, tips, curricula and ideas for people who want to increase their own understanding and to help those working toward justice at every level - in systems, organizations, communities and the culture at large.

The Advancement Project is a democracy and justice action group that works in partnership with local communities, using law, public policy and strategic communications to advance universal opportunity, equity and access for those left behind in America.

The African American Policy Forum was founded in 1996 as a media-monitoring think tank and information clearinghouse, and works to bridge the gap between scholarly research and public discourse related to inequality, discrimination and injustice. The AAPF seeks to build bridges between academic, activist and policy-making sectors in order to advance a more inclusive and robust public discourse on the challenge of achieving equity within and across diverse communities.

The Applied Research Center is a public policy, educational and research institute whose work emphasizes issues of race and social change. Its website is an invaluable resource of reports and tools, including its Racial Justice Leadership Training Institute, which strengthens the capacity of community-based organizations, training intermediaries, and individual activists to engage in education and action to advance racial equity. ARC also publishes ColorLines, a monthly magazine on race, class, culture and power.

The Aspen Institute Roundtable on Community Change is a forum in which people engaged in the field of comprehensive community initiatives can meet to discuss lessons that are being learned across the country. Their recent report, Structural Racism and Community Building, provides a clear and useful explanation of structural racism and its impact on communities. An earlier report, Training Racial Equity and Inclusion , examines the strengths and weaknesses of ten specific anti-racist and race relations programs.

The Center for Social Inclusion is a national policy advocacy organization working to build a fair and just society by dismantling structural racism. The Center partners with communities of color and local and national groups to identify the most strategic opportunities for cracking the foundation of structural racism using applied research to develop local policy education and policy reform models.

The The Civil Rights Project / Proyecto Derechos Civiles is a multidisciplinary research-and-policy think tank based at UCLA whose mission is to help renew the civil rights movement by bridging the worlds of ideas and action, to be a preeminent source of intellectual capital within that movement, and to deepen the understanding of the issues that must be resolved to achieve racial and ethnic equity as society moves through the great transformation of the 21st century.

Institute on Race & Poverty at the University of Minnesota Law School aims to share the latest and most relevant information on issues confronting communities facing the combined challenges of race and poverty. The institutes' goals are to create scholarship, commentary and dialogue to increase the understanding and support of those unfairly constrained by race and poverty.

Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity is a university-wide interdisciplinary research institute, directed by john a. powell. Its goal is to deepen the understanding of the causes of and solutions to racial and ethnic disparities and hierarchies.

People's Institute Institute for Survival and Beyond was created to develop more analytical, culturally-rooted and effective community organizers. The Undoing Racism Community Trainings has built a national collective of anti-racist, multicultural community organizers who do their work with an understanding of history, culture, and the impact of racism on communities.

Poverty and Race Research Action Council is a civil rights policy policy organization convened by major civil rights and anti-poverty groups in 1989. PRRAC's primary mission is to help connect social scientists with advocates working on race and poverty issues, and to promote a research-based advocacy strategy on issues of structural racial inequality. PRRAC publishes Poverty & Race, a bi-monthly newsletter journal.

The Praxis Project's mission is to support and partner with communities to achieve health justice by providing resources and capacity for policy development, advocacy and leadership. Praxis uses innovative participatory approaches that bridge theory, research and action, and includes several tools that have explicit racial equity perspectives that can be transferable beyond those working on public health.

Racetalks: Multiracial Learning Communities, a website produced by Lani Guinier and Susan Sturm that includes their lessons from experiments with learning and transformation in multiracial workplace, classroom and community settings.

The Western States Center's mission is to build a progressive movement for social, economic, racial and environmental justice in the west. Its Research and Action for Change and Equity (RACE) program supports research, education and action on race-related issues at the community level, and includes a dismantling racism training program; issue education and strategic convening of allied organizations working towards racial justice; and focused organizational development within communities of color.

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