The fatal shootings in early July of black men by police in Baton Rouge, La., and Falcon Heights, Minn., and subsequent attacks on police, have nonprofit leaders reeling. The Association of Black Foundation Executives hosted a conference call for its constituents to share their rage and anguish. People like Scott A. Williams have called on peers and colleagues not to give up hope.
Among other things, foundations and their grantees are trying to find a way to mitigate the violence and address its causes.
In a recent interview with Amy Costello, founder and host of Tiny Spark, the head of the Heinz Endowments reflected on recent events. Grant Oliphant said that the Pittsburgh-based foundation is proud of the work it has done on issues of racial inequality but acknowledged that it has not been enough and pledged to do more.
"If you think of the fault line of American society and where we are most at risk, this is it. If we want our community to prosper, we clearly need to do more. It is a role for philanthropy."