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21st-Century Community Foundations: A Question of Geography and Identity

June 8, 2015

In this "Leadership Series" paper, Emmett Carson, CEO and president of Silicon Valley Community Foundation, provides a thoughtful examination of fundamental questions facing U.S. community foundations today. Acknowledging that a key characteristic of community foundations is their leadership and civic engagement within their stated geographies, Emmett explores how these institutions are engaging with donors who have a wide range of interests in diverse geographic areas. 21st-Century Community Foundations is intended to be a springboard for the ongoing conversation about the changing definition of "community." 

Foundations and the Fallacy of a Post-Racial America: African American Men and Civic Engagement

March 29, 2013

In this essay, Dr. Emmett Carson provides three reasons foundations should engage in specific programs aimed at supporting African-American men and boys: the mythology of a post-racial society; saving an endangered species; and ensuring global competitiveness.