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March 2, 2017


Equity-Related Resources & Materials

Why Giving Back Isn’t Enough
By Darren Walker

The world may need a reimagined charter of philanthropy — a “Gospel of Wealth” for the 21st century... This new gospel might begin where the previous one fell short: addressing the underlying causes that perpetuate human suffering. In other words, philanthropy can no longer grapple simply with what is happening in the world, but also with how and why. To read the full article, click here.

The Curb-Cut Effect
By Angela Glover Blackwell

There’s an ingrained societal suspicion that intentionally supporting one group hurts another. That equity is a zero sum game. In fact, when the nation targets support where it is needed most—when we create the circumstances that allow those who have been left behind to participate and contribute fully—everyone wins. The corollary is also true: When we ignore the challenges faced by the most vulnerable among us, those challenges, magnified many times over, become a drag on economic growth, prosperity, and national well-being. To read the full article, click here.

The Equity Solution: Racial Inclusion Is Key to Growing a Strong New Economy
By Sarah Treuhaft, Justin Scoggins, and Jennifer Tran

This research brief adds new data to the discussion about equity and America’s economic future by estimating the economic benefits of racial inclusion for the largest 150 metropolitan regions, all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the nation as a whole. Drawing from data on wages and employment by major racial/ethnic group from the U.S. Census, researchers calculate what total economic output would have been in 2012 under a scenario in which all racial groups had similar income levels, on average, as non-Hispanic whites, adjusted for age. Researchers also analyze the sources of the racial income gaps by major racial/ethnic group and region. To read the full research brief, click here.

What does philanthropy do next?
The political landscape has changed, our values shouldn’t.
By Rip Rapston

Now that the elections are over — with all their attendant divisiveness and political rancor — it’s important for leaders and actors across America's institutions, including the media, the business class, academia and think tankers, and civic organizations, to reflect deeply on how they will act and serve the public moving forward. To read the full message, click here.

On Race and Inequality, Philanthropy Has to “Get Woke”
By Dr. Robert K. Ross

The common thread across the range of activism, anger, and frustration in the nation is the matter of structural inequality and lack of opportunity in America, and it is more far-reaching and profound than the peculiarities of a presidential election. The issue of inequality in America is intense, urgent, and pressing. And how will organized philanthropy respond? With detached curiosity? The proverbial “toe in the water”? A nonchalant shrug of the shoulders? Or will it match the intensity of the moment and join the fight? To read the full blog post, click here.

Are you guilty of Fakequity? If so, what to do about it.
By Vu Le

Fakequity, pronounced “fake-quity,” is basically fake equity…People seem to think that forming an equity committee, talking about equity, sending staff and board to trainings, “listening” to communities, conducting research and gathering data, and adding terminologies to websites and brochures are sufficient to achieving equity. But no, these things are necessary, but not sufficient. When we just talk about Equity and go no further, we are guilty of Fakequity. To read the full blog post, click here.

The Road to Achieving Equity
Findings and Lessons from a Field Scan of Foundations That Are Embracing Equity as a Primary Focus
By Kris Putnam-Walkerly, MSW and Elizabeth Russell

Over the past few years, equity has emerged as a key issue in American society. It has been de¬scribed as the “defining issue of our time” by authors and speakers in various fields, including education, community development, and juvenile justice, among others. Philanthropy also has taken up the call for equity, and several foundations are working to incorporate varying degrees of an equity focus into their work. But how are they doing so? What challenges are they facing? What successes have they had so far? What have foundations learned about incorporating equity into their own cultures? To read the full report, click here.

Collaborating for Equity and Justice: Moving Beyond Collective Impact
By Arthur T. Himmelman, Bill Berkowitz, Brian D. Christens, Frances Dunn Butterfoss, Kien S. Lee, Linda Bowen, Meredith Minkler, Susan M. Wolfe, Tom Wolff and Vincent T. Francisco

The United States has historically struggled with how to treat all its citizens equitably and fairly while wealth and power are concentrated in a very small segment of our society. Now, in the face of growing public awareness and outcry about the centuries-long injustices experienced by African Americans, Native Americans, new immigrants, and other marginalized groups, we believe that our nation urgently needs collaborative multisector approaches toward equity and justice. To read the full article, click here.