Grantmaking is about power. We cannot address systemic inequities within philanthropy until we get frank about who has power and how we use it.Read More
In recent years many nonprofits have found themselves abandoned without warning by their philanthropic partners. The stories are disturbingly similar.Read More
In May 2018, Within Our Lifetime National Network (WOL)—a national network of 100+ racial equity and racial healing organizations—released our third blog describing our inequitable grantmaking experience with our core funder, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.Read More
Over the next four weeks, the entire CDI staff were told we were not losing our jobs, then half of us were losing our jobs, then we were getting an extension for a month, then WKKF would not be funding us until September as a result of their fiscal year, and finally, we were all losing our jobs, with the exception of our executive Director. It was a ridiculous and completely unnecessary rollercoaster.
More often than ever, I have had to give money back to foundations because they wanted us to engage in strategies that we know cannot work in the current racialized political, social and economic climate.Read More
As a woman of color and small business owner, I see little opportunity for growth within the foundation community. While there’s all sorts of conversation about racial equity “in the work,” I’ve seen little evidence that philanthropy has updated its own internal practices to reflect these sentiments.Read More
The Funder requested—after 15 years of successful applications—that the occupations of the parents of Youth of Resources’ board members be disclosed in order to prove their eligibility. YAR refused, arguing that doing so would constitute a traumatic invasion of privacy. YAR further argued that the disclosure of this information would not serve to prove their eligibility. YAR’s 2016 application was denied.
Our story is being told, not just the story happening between grantees and foundations, but as one of the many stories with devastating impacts for numerous organizations, especially people of color-led organizations, and communities of color. Though our story describes exasperating funding practices, more than inherent racially inequitable practices, as a people of color-led network, we experience differing impacts.Read More
An important part the accountability process and calling a foundation in to share the impact of their inequitable practices and to discuss changes that need to be made requires us to inform them prior to the release of the story.