racial equity Archives

I Used To Be on the Other Side: Reducing the Power Dynamic in Philanthropy

For the past 30 years, I have had the privilege to work in leadership positions at nonprofit organizations from local through international arenas. I’ve also worked as a consultant for nonprofits doing strategic planning, staff and board development, and fundraising. I know first-hand what it’s like to run programs, engage in advocacy, and have to... Read More

Three Steps Your Foundation Can Take To Tackle Systemic Racism

While charitable foundations regularly leverage grantmaking to advance their missions, the potential impact of their investments is not always similarly scrutinized. To begin exploring your foundation’s effect on Black, Indigenous and communities of color in the U.S., here are three questions you should ask your investment manager: 1. Who is managing my portfolio’s underlying investments?... Read More

A Pro Football and Venture Capital Approach to Philanthropy

Pro Football Hall of Famer and venture capitalist investor Ronnie Lott, and his wife Karen, founded All Stars Helping Kids 30 years ago, modeling his philanthropic efforts on the lessons learned playing football and investing in technology starts-up. Much like how venture capitalists invest in startups, All Stars invests in emerging nonprofits with innovative solutions... Read More

Integrating Feminism Into Philanthropy

For society to advance the cause of gender equity, intersectional feminism must become part of the mainstream narrative and mindset. Philanthropy is our opportunity to be change agents, so that this statistic increases: Only 1.6% of philanthropic dollars go toward women and girls, according  to the “The Women and Girls Index: Measuring Giving to Women... Read More