America’s Racial Reckoning: What Philanthropy Has Achieved
A look at how nonprofits are spending the billions contributed in the past year
In a reporting partnership, the Chronicle of Philanthropy and the Associated Press are exploring where and how that money has been put to use.
In our first series, launched in June, we focused on success stories — nonprofits that received money after the protests and channeled it into an array of efforts that focus on education, voting rights, police accountability, and more.
Our second article, published in July, examines how foundations and other grant-making groups have provided financial support and research to explore policing and public safety in the United States
Foundation GivingAfter George Floyd’s murder by police a year ago, foundations, corporations, and individuals donated billions of dollars to nonprofits in support of racial-justice and equity efforts. But the increase in funding comes at a time when homicide rates are on the rise so grant makers may come under pressure to change course — especially from politicians in regions with strong support for the police.
Funding Racial JusticeThe $14 million Southern Power Fund has given nearly $10 million to primarily Black-led, grassroots organizations in the South since last fall.
Funding Racial JusticeFaith in the Valley has been focused on racial justice in that area for many years, which allowed it to move quickly to expand programs as additional money came in 2020.
Funding Racial JusticeA gush of money from corporations, foundations, and others was given to EmbraceRace in the wake of George Floyd’s murder. Now the group is looking to keep the funds flowing to help fight racism.
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.