Racial Equity

Racial justice leaders, allies call for shareholder action

Racial justice leaders, allies call for shareholder action

April 22, 2021

Published in the Financial Times by advocacy group Majority Action and Service Employees International Union, the letter calls on asset managers to use their influence as corporate shareholders to change "business-as-usual practices" and help advance racial justice....

Philanthropy Unbound launches 'Philanthropy 100'

Philanthropy Unbound launches 'Philanthropy 100'

April 21, 2021

Comprising twenty-five honorees in each of four categories — foundations, nonprofits, individuals, and corporations — the list is based on both financial contributions and a "love of humankind, a desire to promote the welfare of others, and creative approaches to advancing the cause of social justice"....

Amex invests $40 million in Accion Opportunity Fund

Amex invests $40 million in Accion Opportunity Fund

April 21, 2021

Part of a $1 billion racial equity commitment announced by American Express in November, the largest-ever investment in the organization is expected to generate more than $125 million in loans to small business owners, with a focus on people of color, women, and immigrants....

Kresge Foundation commits $2 million for vaccine, health equity

Kresge Foundation commits $2 million for vaccine, health equity

April 20, 2021

The funding includes $1 million in support of COVID-19 vaccine outreach and access efforts by community health centers, community development organizations, and human service agencies in Detroit and $1 million in grants to be announced in the near future....

Dodge Foundation announces $2.8 million in 1Q grants

Dodge Foundation announces $2.8 million in 1Q grants

April 20, 2021

The foundation's first grants of 2021 include support for racial equity and justice programs, COVID-19 relief and response efforts, and/or organizations working to strengthen the arts, education, the environment, and their communities....

Perceptions of Discrimination and Unfair Judgment While Seeking Health Care
April 17, 2021
Black Americans are more than twice as likely as Latinx individuals and nearly three times as likely as white Americans to report experiencing discrimination or negative judgments in healthcare settings, a report from the Urban Institute and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation finds. Based on a survey fielded in September 2020 of more than four...
Supporting the South's small businesses is supporting an equitable recovery

Supporting the South's small businesses is supporting an equitable recovery

Beth Bafford, Jennifer Gadberry April 17, 2021

Beth Bafford, vice president of syndications and strategy at Calvert Impact Capital, and Jennifer Gadberry, vice president of asset management at the Heifer Foundation, explain why support for small buinesses is key to the post-pandemic recovery in the South....

Kresge awards $8.4 million for climate change, health equity efforts

Kresge awards $8.4 million for climate change, health equity efforts

April 16, 2021

Grants were awarded to fourteen community-based organizations through the foundation's Climate Change, Health & Equity initiative, which works to advance policies and practices aimed at improving community health while helping cities mitigate and adapt to climate change….

Bloomberg commits $6 million to HBCUs for mobile COVID-19 vaccinations

Bloomberg commits $6 million to HBCUs for mobile COVID-19 vaccinations

April 15, 2021

The grants will support efforts by Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science, Howard University College of Medicine, Meharry Medical College, and Morehouse School of Medicine to expand mobile unit COVID-19 vaccine operations in Black and medically underserved communities....

Crowdfunding donors younger, less religious, study finds

Crowdfunding donors younger, less religious, study finds

April 12, 2021

The report from the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at IUPUI found that donors who give to crowdfunding campaigns are slightly younger, less religious, and more likely to be single than those who give through more traditional channels....

OSF pledges $20 million for grassroots advocacy efforts

OSF pledges $20 million for grassroots advocacy efforts

April 9, 2021

The bulk of the funds will be awarded through Open Society Foundations' 501(c)(4) affiliate, the Open Society Policy Center, to progressive advocacy groups organizing in support of policies included in the Biden administration's American Jobs Plan and forthcoming American Families Plan....

Gilberts commit $30 million to Cranbrook Academy of Art

Gilberts commit $30 million to Cranbrook Academy of Art

April 8, 2021

The largest gift in the school's 117-year history will establish and endow the Gilbert Fellows program, bolster the academy's existing scholarship fund, and fund visiting faculty artists, with a focus on artists of color....