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Racial Equity in Lean Foundations

Closing the Gap Between Intention and Impact Collected through FOMR data, surveys, and interviews with members, this report centers on the relevance of racial equity to our members’ mission, as well as their board and staff demographics. We also describe how racial equity relates to good governance, grantmaking, and investment practices. Why Racial Equity in... Read More

Grantmaking for Equity: Essential, Fundamental Practices

Advancing racial equity in philanthropy requires doing a lot of unlearning and relearning. This fundamental set of grantmaking practices are a great place for all funders to start. That said, these actions are just the beginning. They complement a continual journey of learning about systemic racism. Eliminate Barriers to Entry Don’t impose a minimum organizational... Read More

How Can Lean Funders Proactively Advance Racial Equity? Don’t Go It Alone

Recently, efforts to incorporate antiracism into philanthropic work have surged. What does this mean for lean funders who may not have the capacity to launch major initiatives? At Brady Education Foundation, we focus on addressing disparities in educational opportunities associated with race, ethnicity, and family income. Our mission is clearly aligned with racial equity work.... Read More

Key Insights on Diversity and Racial Equity in Leanly Staffed Foundations

Exponent Philanthropy is proud to launch, Mind the Gap: Exploring the Role of Diversity and Racial Equity in Leanly Staffed Foundations – 2021 Edition. This publication shares our research on leanly staffed foundation demographics, and how lean funders see racial equity relate to their work. The intentional inclusion of diverse perspectives leads to better decision... Read More

Addressing Challenges on the Journey to Equity, Inclusion and Justice

This post originally appeared on the Foundant Technologies blog. Last fall we asked our clients to share the work they’re doing in the areas of justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion and, no surprise, they went above and beyond. We are truly inspired by their responses and our follow up conversations, and look forward to sharing these... Read More

How Lean Funders Incorporate Racial Equity Into Their Work

Exponent Philanthropy recently launched, Mind the Gap: Exploring the Role of Diversity and Racial Equity in Leanly Staffed Foundations. To develop this publication, we talked with members about how their foundations incorporate racial equity into their work. We learned a lot from these one-on-one conversations. Moreover, hearing members talk to one another about their racial... Read More