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Plus: How Much Money Does Philanthropy Need to Give to Fight Racial Equity? (Opinion)

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A new fund to help people leaving prison get back on their feet will get a $250 million injection from the Ford Foundation, Blue Meridian Partners, and the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Philanthropies. The Justice and Mobility Fund works an overlooked aspect of the criminal-justice movement, which has focused mostly on ways to keep people out of prison, Ford Foundation President Darren Walker said. The combined effects of mass incarceration and Covid-related early releases have made re-entry programs more important: Even before the pandemic, about 600,000 people were leaving prison each year. The funds will go directly to groups that support returning citizens in various ways, to advocacy efforts to expunge criminal records, and to launching employment programs for formerly incarcerated people. (Washington Post)

As journalism faculty and students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assess a major donor’s influence over the institution and his role in the abortive attempt to hire Nikole Hannah-Jones, the conditions of the $25 million gift he made in 2019 have come to light. Walter Hussman Jr. and his family were promised their name on the journalism school’s building, and a statement of his journalistic values appears in the building’s lobby. The gift agreement became important after Hussman put pressure on UNC to avoid giving tenure to Hannah-Jones, who was pilloried by conservatives for leading the New York Times’s 1619 Project. (Raleigh News & Observer)

Plus: Howard-Bound Nikole Hannah-Jones Plans to ‘Even the Playing Field’ for Hbcus. Here’s How. (Los Angeles Times)

Opinion: With her commanding debut into the world of major philanthropy, MacKenzie Scott has gained a reputation for helping the underdog and criticizing the systems that built her unimaginable wealth. But upon closer scrutiny, Scott is not so different from her peers, writes Tim Schwab. Indeed, her decision making and gifts, which reap tax benefits and could address major social ills, are particularly opaque, given her refusal to discuss them publicly outside of her posts on Medium. And far from departing from “the philanthropy-industrial complex,” Schwab says, Scott feeds it through her relationships with the Bridgespan and Blue Meridian advisory groups and donations to the likes of the Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, the United Philanthropy Forum, and Independent Sector, the last two of which have raised objections to a bill in the Senate to prod faster giving by donor-advised funds and foundations. (Nation)

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