#JusticeIsTheFoundation: New Data on Racial Equity and Racial Justice Funding in Education Philanthropy

#JusticeIsTheFoundation: New Data on Racial Equity and Racial Justice Funding in Education Philanthropy

Racial justice and equity initiatives designed to address opportunity and achievement gaps in K-12 education are severely underfunded, a data brief from the Schott Foundation for Public Education and Candid finds. The brief, #JusticeIsTheFoundation: New Data on Racial Equity and Racial Justice Funding in Education Philanthropy, found that of the $14 billion in philanthropic funding awarded in support of K-12 education between 2017 and 2019, only 10 percent funded racial equity iniitiatives such as racial bias trainings for teachers or mentorship programs for Black and brown students, while just 0.8 percent was designated for efforts in the areas of policy change, civic engagement, and policy advocacy. According to the analysis, overall philanthropic giving increased 48 percent between 2011 and 2018, yet funding for K-12 education and K-12 racial equity and justice initiatives fell 7 percent and 36 percent. The brief also found that 63 percent of  K-12 racial justice funding in 2017-19 went to recipient organizations based in the Northeast, while organizations in the Midwest, South, and West received just 5 percent, 16 percent, and 17 percent, despite the fact that 43 percent and 29 percent of all K-12 public school students of color are enrolled in the South and West.