Grantmaking With a Racial Equity Lens: A Practical Guide

Grantmaking With a Racial Equity Lens: A Practical Guide

A report from the Philanthropic Initiative on Racial Equity offers practical guidance for funders working to address social and environmental issues through a racial justice lens. A follow-up report to Grantmaking With a Racial Equity Lens, which was published in 2007 in partnership with GrantCraft, Grantmaking With a Racial Justice Lens: A Practical Guide aims to help foundation leaders address the complex ways in which the racial injustice that is often embedded in institutions, processes, and practices serves as a barrier to transformational change. The guide explains how grantmakers can progress from a racial equity lens — which includes disaggregating and analyzing racial/ethnic data, understanding racially-based disparities and their root causes, and explicitly naming race in discussing problems and solutions — to a racial justice lens — which requires acknowledging the role of race in our history; creating a shared vision of a fair and inclusive society; building civic, cultural, and political power for those who are most impacted by racial injustice; and emphasizing transformative solutions that affect multiple systems. Recommendations for aligning organizational practices with a racial justice vision include developing an explicit, shared language to talk about the issue; setting and following through on goals; and addressing, rather than avoiding, resistance and/or conflict. The guide also offers advice on what to fund (e.g., power-building strategies, work with grantees to redefine how "impact" is measured) and how (support the movement ecosystem, expand access to grants, and be more accountable to the field by acknowledging the power imbalance in funder-grantee relationships).