Advancing Racial Equity Through Capacity Building: The Kresge Foundation's Talent and Leadership Development Efforts

Advancing Racial Equity Through Capacity Building: The Kresge Foundation's Talent and Leadership Development Efforts

The Kresge Foundation's Fostering Urban Equitable Leadership program (FUEL), a capacity-building initiative designed to help grantees advance racial equity and achieve better outcomes in their organizations and communities, catalyzed participating nonprofits' sustained investment in leadership development through a racial equity lens, a case study from GrantCraft finds. The report, Advancing Racial Equity Through Capacity Building: The Kresge Foundation's Talent and Leadership Development Efforts (8 pages, PDF), outlines how the initiative was developed (with grantee input) as a one-year, $1.6 million pilot across all six of Kresge's program areas; provided, through partners such as Race Forward and CompassPoint Nonprofit Services, trainings, workshops, conferences, coaching, and webinars to 10 percent of the foundation's grantees; and was improved for round two based on an an analysis of early results and grantee feedback. Among other things, the evaluation data showed positive outcomes for all four goals — stronger senior teams, stronger mid-level staff, more diverse talent, and more equitable organizations — with grantees saying they were able to strengthen their board processes, structure, and approach; master and model general management and equity best practices; effectively recruit, hire, and retain diverse talent; and increase awareness of racism and equity within their organizations.