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From: The Chronicle of Philanthropy
Subject: A Foundation Fosters Deep Relationships to Boost Economic Resilience in Rural Kentucky
Diversity, Equity, and InclusionA number of groups offer internships, mentoring, educational programs, and more to support pathways to leadership for people of color. Here is a sampling of programs.
Nonprofit News From Elsewhere
The Black Lives Matter movement gained mainstream acceptance last year, but it has struggled to channel that visibility and funding into meaningful change. Dueling police reform bills are still stuck in the U.S. House and Senate, some veteran civil-rights figures are wary of the movement’s call to defund the police, and it was left out of a post-election civil-rights roundtable with the new administration. Meanwhile, critics sympathetic to its goals worry that the group’s leaders are too focused on Washington, arguing that state and local officials have more power to change police departments and funding priorities. (Los Angeles Times)
Meanwhile, corporations are slow to live up to their racial justice giving pledges, critics say. Vice news reports that Universal, Sony, and Warner in particular have so fallen far short of distributing the money they promised to give. Warner Music Group pledged $100 million. A representative for the Warner fund said it has paid out $5.2 million. The fund established by Sony Music Group, which also pledged $100 million, says it has paid out $25 million. Universal Music Group’s fund says it has paid out less than $5 million of a $25 million pledge. While the companies named their grantees, dollar amounts were not provided, making it difficult to verify their payout claims. Some companies note that their pledges were multiyear commitments, something not always mentioned in their splashy initial announcements. (Vice)
Nonprofits in Jersey City, N.J., are fighting to keep their tax-exempt status as the tax office moves to revoke it for reasons that puzzle them. A nonprofit radio station was told to pay up on the proceeds from rent paid by a tenant in its building. After the station proved there was no tenant, the tax office denied its tax exemption on the basis that its mission was not educational. A nonprofit dance studio and troupe was given various reasons that its tax exemption would be yanked, including paying its staff and charging for tickets. The tax office referred a request for comment to the mayor, but the assessor “does not report to the city government directly with regards to his job function,” according to the mayor’s spokeswoman. She said Mayor Steve Fulop does not support this re-evaluation of nonprofits’ tax status, which has resulted in nine groups losing their exemptions. (NJ.com)
More About Racial Justice
- Opinion: Companies Must Give More for an Equitable World (Quartz)
- Here’s What the Movement to ‘Defund the Police’ Actually Won (Vice)
- At Cultural Institutions That Pledged to Diversify Staff, Hiring — and Change — Have Been Slow (Boston Globe)
- George Floyd Changed the World of Athlete Activism (Washington Post)
More News and Opinion
Corporate GivingCompanies can improve outreach to underrepresented youths, offer paid internships, broaden the definition of impact, and publicly compare their diversity data with their goals.
Rethinking DevelopmentWhat Happens When a Nonprofit Stops Measuring Fundraisers’ Success Based on Money? Oregon Food Bank Is Trying to Find Out.Fundraisers will no longer be judged by the gifts they bring in. The organization hopes the changes will lead to more authentic relationships with donors and less burnout for development staff.
OpinionAs Donors Return to Old Patterns of Giving, Here’s How to Ensure Nonprofits Get the Resources They NeedNow is the time for nonprofits to focus on people who give $2,000 to $20,000 a year and teach them to pay more attention to organizations that get results. They can make up for gaps in giving by Americans at both ends of the wealth spectrum.
OpinionConservative grant makers have done an outstanding job of training their leaders. Now progressive funds need to do the same — and put the focus on what activists of all generations need most.
CampaignsThe Every Last One campaign is the group’s largest-ever fund drive. The Christian humanitarian organization aims to meet its ambitious goal by 2023 to help 60 million people around the world lift themselves out of poverty.