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From: Chronicle of Philanthropy
Subject: Billions Pledged for Racial Equity Giving Not Necessarily Adding Up to Systemic Change
Funding Racial JusticeFiguring out how best to deploy money was a struggle for some grant makers, who are now trying to look at what approaches worked best.
Funding Racial JusticeA year after the police killing of George Floyd and amid a barrage of restrictive voting laws being passed by state legislatures, the group is using millions of dollars in contributions to increase voter participation in the South and beyond.
OpinionPhilanthropy Has an Unparalleled Opportunity to Build an Equitable Global Health System — and Vaccinate the WorldThe Biden administration’s decision to waive intellectual property rights for the Covid-19 vaccine is a remarkable first step toward remaking a monopolistic, profit-driven system that is literally killing people. American philanthropy needs to join the growing global movement to create a new approach.
Grants RoundupAlso, Georgia Power has pledged $75 million for racial-equity programs in the state, and the McKnight Foundation will award $1 million in unsolicited grants to social-justice groups in Minnesota in memory of George Floyd.
Nonprofit News From Elsewhere
Some billionaires are using a Christian donor-advised fund to channel money into “a sophisticated dark money operation” to oppose LGBT rights. Donors used the National Christian Charitable Foundation to direct, for example, more than $6.5 million in 2018 to the Alliance Defending Freedom, a Christian legal interest group that supports a network of lawyers. Among other sources, money flowing through the National Christian Charitable Foundation came from the foundations of former Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’s family, the Anschutz oil dynasty, the late Republican donor Foster Friess, Hobby Lobby, and Dan Cathy, the billionaire owner of Chick-fil-A. LGBT leaders say the arrangement is designed to obscure the donors’ links to these activities. A spokesman for the National Christian Charitable Foundation said its contributors also directed donations to clean-water, anti-human-trafficking, and Bible-translation efforts, among others. (Daily Beast)
A Black-led nonprofit in Louisville, Ky., has received a six-figure “reparations payment” from a woman who recently learned that an ancestor had enslaved people. The donor, who asked to remain anonymous, began researching her family history after inheriting wealth at age 25. She found that her great-grandfather had enslaved six people in Bourbon County, Ky. She told Change Today, Change Tomorrow, which focuses on “education, food justice, and public health,” that her contribution should not be looked upon as a donation and that it will not be her last payment. An executive for the organization told reporters that in the absence of government action, individuals “are creating the blueprint for what reparations in America can look like.” (ABC News)
In a couple of late-pandemic checkups, arts and civic leaders report a mix of optimism and anxiety. The picture for museums is looking brighter than a year ago, but nearly 5,000 museums around the country remain in danger of closing due to pandemic losses. Forty-four percent of 1,000 museum directors who responded to a survey by the American Alliance of Museums said they plan to rehire staff lost during 2020. And 85 percent said they saw no significant threat of closure at this point, compared with about a third of museum administrators who last summer said they feared their institutions would close without financial aid. The 15 percent of museums still in peril amount to about 5,000 institutions. Also more encouraging were the results of a periodic survey of civic leaders in Philadelphia, who gave nonprofits high marks for providing services during the pandemic, including vaccinations, when local government dropped the ball. They also were heartened by the increased funding and support for minority entrepreneurship but worried that it would not last. (NPR and Technical.ly)
- As Graduates Cheered, an HBCU President Announced That Their Debt to the University Was Wiped Away (Washington Post)
- UNC Journalism School’s Namesake Says His Concern About Hire Won’t Affect his Giving (News & Observer)
- How to Ensure Your Donations Truly Help Your Community (Conversation)
- Australian Power Generator Takes Greenpeace to Court (Associated Press)
- Billionaires Are Giving Away Their Money. Here’s Where It’s Going (Bloomberg)
- You Don’t Have to Root for Melinda French Gates (New Republic)
- UCI Health Cancer Care Expansion Gets $20 Million From Longtime Benefactor (Orange County Register)
Biden's First BudgetNonprofits advocates — also noting the absence of an effort to limit the value of itemized deductions, including contributions to charity — generally gave the budget plan high marks.
Diversity, Equity, and InclusionScott donated an eye-popping $5.7 billion in 2020. It’s become clear that the impact of her donations extends well beyond the organizations that received the gifts.
Fundraising OutlookWhile overall growth remains strong, consumer confidence fell, the stock market was flat, and unemployment remains stuck well above pre-pandemic levels.
Fundraising EventsAfter a Year of Zoom Galas, Are Charities and Donors Ready to Party — and Attend Other Events — in Person?Many fundraisers were pleasantly surprised by the continued support they got from attendees and sponsors of virtual events last year. As they tiptoe toward gathering in person, some wonder whether the donors will follow.
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.