In a Higher Ed Landscape Flush with Cash, Are More Big Gifts Starting to Reach HBCUs?

In a Higher Ed Landscape Flush with Cash, Are More Big Gifts Starting to Reach HBCUs?

Despite a growing focus on issues of equity and an avalanche of campus donations, historically black schools continue to struggle. But several big recent gifts, plus demographic trends, provide grounds for cautious optimism.

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Leading Funders Aim to Change the Conversation About Poverty. Can They Succeed?

Leading Funders Aim to Change the Conversation About Poverty. Can They Succeed?

When the Gates Foundation took a significant turn toward U.S. poverty last year, work on “narrative change” was part of the equation. Now, we’re seeing movement in the form of an open call for ideas, in collaboration with other foundations.

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We Don’t Give Up: Mott Plays the Long Game on Clean Water in Flint and Beyond

We Don’t Give Up: Mott Plays the Long Game on Clean Water in Flint and Beyond

Access to clean water is an urgent challenge in more parts of the U.S. The Mott Foundation has been a stalwart funder on this issue in its home city and beyond. What has it accomplished, and how is it staying engaged with Flint’s water crisis?

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“For the Good of All.” A New Fund Seeks to Boost Racial Equity in Journalism

“For the Good of All.” A New Fund Seeks to Boost Racial Equity in Journalism

While some grantmakers have made advancing diversity and equity in journalism a priority, data suggests there is still much work to be done. A new initiative supported by the sector’s heaviest hitters seeks to accelerate the pace of change.

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Closing Urban Divides: Behind a Funding Collaborative's Pivot to Race

Closing Urban Divides: Behind a Funding Collaborative's Pivot to Race

Living Cities spent its formative years channeling money from big firms and foundations to community development projects. Now, to drill deeper on equity, it aims to be a “leading racial economic justice organization.” How is that going?

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From the Courts to the Green: Why an NBA Star Brought Golf to Howard University

From the Courts to the Green: Why an NBA Star Brought Golf to Howard University

Warriors basketball superstar Stephen Curry’s growing philanthropy includes a seven-figure donation to launch a golf program at Howard University. The gift fits into his larger vision of using sports to advance equity and inclusion.

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As Foundations Reimagine Themselves, They Should Give Attention to DEI in Operations

As Foundations Reimagine Themselves, They Should Give Attention to DEI in Operations

As foundations step up efforts on diversity, equity and inclusion, they’re often overlooking the operations side of their work in areas like IT. Two guest contributors explain the risks of this blindspot and how can foundations do better.

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A Long Way to Go: What Kind of Change is Needed Within Foundations to Advance Racial Equity?

A Long Way to Go: What Kind of Change is Needed Within Foundations to Advance Racial Equity?

Many in the philanthropic sector are beginning to grapple with embedded racism in ways that they haven’t before. But experts say that the hard work of turning these conversations into real organizational change has only just begun.

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Amplifying New Voices: How Chicago Funders Are Investing in Diverse Leaders for Racial Equity

Amplifying New Voices: How Chicago Funders Are Investing in Diverse Leaders for Racial Equity

More funders are grappling with issues of equity and who gets heard in civic debates. In Chicago, the Field Foundation and the MacArthur Foundation recently launched a new effort to elevate voices from historically marginalized communities.

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“Nothing is Standard About What We’re Doing." A New Fund Aims to Boost Racial Equity Training

“Nothing is Standard About What We’re Doing." A New Fund Aims to Boost Racial Equity Training

Borealis Philanthropy, the progressive grantmaking intermediary, has rolled out a new initiative to build up the racial equity training field. The larger goal: helping the nonprofit sector do much more to address the root causes of racial disparities.

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In Omaha, a New Hub for Black Women’s Philanthropy

In Omaha, a New Hub for Black Women’s Philanthropy

It seems like every time we look, there’s a new local giving circle rallying the philanthropic efforts of women and people of color. As we expand our coverage of the Upper Midwest and Great Plains, we learned about the I Be Black Girl circle in Omaha, Nebraska.

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Beyond the Newsroom: A Digital Media Company’s Grants to Cultivate a Diverse Journalism Workforce

Beyond the Newsroom: A Digital Media Company’s Grants to Cultivate a Diverse Journalism Workforce

As funders continue efforts to boost diversity in journalism, traditional news organizations are struggling to survive amid waves of layoffs. Here’s how one corporate grantmaker working to promote diversity in media is navigating this changing landscape.

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“Of the Community.” How a New African-American Giving Circle is Gaining Steam

“Of the Community.” How a New African-American Giving Circle is Gaining Steam

Giving circles that mobilize money from African-American communities for work that benefits these communities is on the rise. One example is Sisters’ Circle GKC in Kansas City, which has been growing since its creation in 2016.

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The Foundations That Work on Environmental Health, with an Eye on Building Power

The Foundations That Work on Environmental Health, with an Eye on Building Power

Over recent years, more grantmakers have tuned into how environmental health hazards are far more likely to affect the poor and people of color. We talk to a key figure in this funding movement about the strategies in play and the work that lies ahead.

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Listening and Evolving: How a Community Foundation Put Racial Equity at the Center of Its Work

Listening and Evolving: How a Community Foundation Put Racial Equity at the Center of Its Work

Community foundations tend to play things safe, given the many stakeholders they must please. So how did the Brooklyn Community Foundation get out front on racial equity, becoming an early philanthropic leader on these issues? Here’s the inside story.

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When Eagles Hatch: Native Americans in Philanthropy and Native Youth Activism

When Eagles Hatch: Native Americans in Philanthropy and Native Youth Activism

A small cadre of foundations and nonprofits has been expanding efforts to improve understanding and funding for Native -related causes. One important focus is fueling Native youth activism, work that has been been picking up steam in recent years.

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