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Advancing Racial Equity in Philanthropy: A Scan of Philanthropy-Serving Organizations

July 31, 2018

United Philanthropy Forum conducted a scan of regional and national philanthropy-serving organizations (PSOs) in February through May 2018 to get a more comprehensive understanding of PSOs' current work and future needs to advance racial equity in philanthropy. The scan involved both a survey that asked about PSOs' current work, future needs and greatest challenges in advancing racial equity, plus in-depth interviews to discuss what it takes to do this work effectively and to identify their key challenges, barriers and opportunities for addressing systemic inequities.The scan reflects the input of 43 regional and national PSOs that participated in the scan survey and/or the scan interviews, representing more than half of the Forum's membership. The scan report includes the Forum's plan for action to respond to the scan's key findings.The Forum's racial equity scan was made possible in part thanks to support from the Ford Foundation and W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

Time, Talent, and Treasure: A Study of Black Philanthropy

February 1, 2004

Black philanthropy is a burgeoning field that has been the subject of study for a variety of publications in the academic, journalistic, and "mainstream" philanthropic arenas in recent years. Much of what has been written has only been produced within the last fifteen years, and a large number of those works have dealt exclusively with one specific quality of black philanthropy, such as the historic context, the intersection with the faith community, or certain perspectives on giving. These are individual issues that reveal important dimensions of African American giving. Indeed, with this report The Twenty-First Century Foundation adds to that body of knowledge and expands on the qualitative inquiry by exploring multiple facets of what motivates and characterizes the subjects' benevolence within the greater context of black philanthropy: What issues do black foundations, associations, and individuals tend to support? What influences their philanthropic behavior? What do they primarily seek to change through their philanthropy?