Recent books, blogs, and campaigns have posed provocative questions about philanthropy’s role, responsibilities, and accountability to the communities they support—specifically communities of color. Increasingly, foundations and philanthropic-serving institutions are assessing internal operations, adopting equity competencies, reviewing strategy, developing equitable grantmaking practices, and responding to oppressive government actions by providing grants and/or using their platform to comment. In her call to action, “America is Burning: White People in Philanthropy, What is your Move?,” Executive Director of Groundswell Fund Vanessa Daniel shares her benchmark of what progress would look like: “When the majority of foundations acknowledge the fact that white supremacy is in fact blocking progress on everything their trustees care about, and that they have little hope of a [...]

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