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From: The Chronicle of Philanthropy

Subject: A Foundation Fosters Deep Relationships to Boost Economic Resilience in Rural Kentucky

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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

  • Opinion: Why Billionaires Like Bill Gates Can’t Fix the Problems They Helped Create (New York Times)
  • Howard Law School Receives a $10 Million Gift (Washington Post)
  • Modi Silent on Muslim Philanthropist’s Offer of Medical Supplies for India (Religion News Service)
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