Independent Sector revised the numbers on a survey covered in an article that ran in Friday’s Philanthropy Today (“Views of Nonprofits Reflect America’s Political and Income Divides”). The corrected information: Fifty-seven percent of survey participants said they trust nonprofits to “do what is right,” down just 2 percentage points from 2020. And only 30 percent of respondents said they trusted major philanthropists or foundations, down from 36 percent.

Virtual Forum: How to Build a Diverse Nonprofit Staff

Nonprofits focused on nearly every cause and mission have been seeking ways to ensure their work forces look more like America’s increasingly diverse population, a goal that many accelerated in the wake of last summer’s racial reckoning.

Many organizations are making strides, hiring people from a wide array of racial and ethnic backgrounds, seeking greater gender and socioeconomic balance among employees, and making their workplaces more open to people with disabilities. However, a few organizations are well ahead of the pack and are creating staffs that reflect the diversity of the communities they serve.

Join us for a free virtual forum Tuesday, August 3, 2021, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Eastern to learn from nonprofit leaders who will share steps they took to diversify their staffs and create cultures that welcome diverse perspectives. They’ll share their experiences and offer advice on how — and why — to build diverse organizations. Register today.

Nonprofit News From Elsewhere

Melinda French Gates is addressing the staff of the Gates Foundation this week as anxiety about the future rises. Some staff members are concerned that after the Gates’s divorce the philanthropy will fracture as each founder pursues his or her pet causes, according to three people at the foundation whose names were not disclosed. They are also dismayed by the departure of Warren Buffett, who they say provided a reality check against the Gates’s sometimes unrealistic expectations for the foundation — for example, finding a cure for malaria and polio before Bill Gates dies. And they are uneasy about reports of Bill Gates’s inappropriate behavior with female colleagues and his association with Jeffrey Epstein. Some staff members are working on their resumes, the sources said. (Business Insider — subscription)

A community of small arts organizations in Los Angeles have a better shot at longevity and stability thanks to recent donations from MacKenzie Scott. Self Help Graphics & Art, which provides studio, education, and exhibition space, has only recently found a permanent home, 50 years after its founding in a garage. A $1 million gift from Scott and $4 million from the state will fund building renovations and provide some breathing room. The Arts for Healing and Justice Network helps small arts groups serving incarcerated young people with programming, scheduling, and other day-to-day chores. It received a $1.5 million grant from Scott, which could go toward starting similar networks in other states or buying a gathering space. And the California Community Foundation has used a $20 million gift from Scott to start an endowment for small and midsize arts groups. (Financial Times — subscription)

More News

  • Democrats Unify Behind Climate Corps, Vague on Details (Wall Street Journal — subscription_
  • Belarus Shuts More Civil Society Groups in Wide Crackdown (Associated Press)
  • United Methodist Church Edges Toward Historic Split Over LGBTQ Inclusion. This Church Showed the Way. (Religion News Service)
  • S.D. Veterans’ Home Grateful but Baffled by $1 Million Gift (Daily Beast)

About Anti- Racism Work

  • Citi Foundation Awards $25 Million to Support Black-Owned Small Businesses in NYC (AMNY)
  • Obituary: Bob Moses, Crusader for Civil Rights and Math Education (New York Times)
  • Philly’s Museum of Black Joy Aims to Counterprogram Traumatizing Narratives About Black Life (Philadelphia Inquirer)


#EquityTalk: Who to Listen to?

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