September 24th, 2013
Tags: communities of color : diverse donors : diversity : equity : funding
Raquel Donoso, Executive Director of the Latino Community Foundation, writes about the changing face of philanthropy – it’s no longer just the 1%. Today, Raquel will be speaking at the Council on Foundations Community Foundations Conference about the new generation of donors who are more diverse and hungry to change the world for the better. Read her message below. Yesterday, D5 Director, Kelly Brown wrote from the conference about how shifting demographics are a wake up call for philanthropy. You can read it here.
Also, if you haven’t already seen it, take a look at D5’s film, I Am A Philanthropist, which showcases the profiles of several diverse donors who are changing the face of philanthropy.
I am a philanthropist. My mom is a philanthropist. My friends are philanthropists. We are the future of philanthropy.
I come from a generous family that always gave back to the community. We gave every Sunday to church, we gave to school, we gave to causes, we donated our time, and we opened our home to families immigrating to this country. Our family embodied the core of what philanthropy is; even though I did not hear that word until college, it was not a word that was uttered in our home. More »
September 23rd, 2013
Tags: California : communities of color : diversity : equity
While folks here in California are no strangers to the earth moving beneath their feet, they are currently witnessing a seismic shift of another kind. Earlier this year, for the first time, the population of Latinos in California equaled the number of whites. And by early 2014, California will likely become the second state in which Latinos are the largest racial or ethnic group (New Mexico being the first).
As the population shifts, so too must the mindset and make-up of foundations and philanthropic organizations. A failure to do so risks alienating a new generation of leaders and donors who are coming of age in this new demographic landscape, but do not see it reflected in the philanthropic community.
According to the State of the Work report authored by the D5 Coalition, which seeks to grow diversity, equity, and inclusion in philanthropy, only 4 percent of foundations have a Latino president or CEO, while only 7 percent of foundation boards/trustees are Latino. This underrepresentation could help explain why, according to the Foundation Center, U.S. foundation giving designated to benefit Latinos comprised only 1 percent of total foundation funding in the first decade of this century, despite the growth of the Latino population. More »
September 11th, 2013
Mitch Kapor and Freada Kapor Klein, founders of the Kapor Center for Social Impact describe how biases affect diversity, equity and inclusion in the tech world. The authors emphasized on the importance of not ignoring these biases, but rather mitigating them as they surface with an understanding of how these biases impede fairness and meritocracy. While the details are specific to the tech sector, the philanthropic sector can definitely learn from the Kapors’ insights about its own “confirmation biases.”
It seems that the tech world is passionately grappling with issues of race, gender, inclusion, exclusion and meritocracy. We are thrilled that the conversation is surfacing frequently. The notion of “confirmation bias” is sliding into our awareness-i.e. that we seek information that confirms our previously held beliefs; we used the term in our recent piece and it showed up in a Gawker piece about the same time.
A quick glance at some local and national headlines from the past week are illustrative. Two stories – along with our own recent Op-Ed and profile
There is a lot of discussion about the importance of diversity and countless efforts to increase it in workplaces and boardrooms. The same is true for philanthropy. Some efforts have worked. Foundations have done a good job of diversifying administrative, entry-level and midmanagement positions.
But seldom do these efforts result in the advancement of people of color into leadership positions. This is particularly true for African-Americans in philanthropy. More »
August 28th, 2013
Rick Cohen asks some critical questions in his article about the philanthropic response to Trayvon Martin’s death. Are we being responsive enough? How can we put the tragic death of a young black man into the context of racial inequity in America and mobilize the field to respond?
D5 is a response to a call for more diversity, equity and inclusion in philanthropy, and we have seen the movement grow but there needs to be more concrete action by the field. This article highlights the lack of diversity in foundations especially in high-level, decision-making roles and how this can affect the communities that are served by these foundations. This is something that we have surfaced in our State of the Work report and it is one of our priority areas. This article poses very timely questions, but one big one remains : Is philanthropy prepared to tackle systemic social and racial disparities?
Initially angered and frustrated by the Zimmerman verdict regarding the killing of young Trayvon Martin, Dr. Robert Ross, President and CEO of The California Endowment, now describes himself as infused with “a sense of strategic resolve.”
“It appears that the Zimmerman jury handed our cause a gift,” Ross writes in The California Endowment blog. “In the arc of social justice, equity, and civil rights, outrage is the fuel for civic action.”
Under the rubric of “Hoodies Up for Trayvon,” Ross describes three elements of his personal strategic resolve: to “unabashedly declare a special brand of love for my sons and brothers: young men of color” who he says are “valued, cherished, appreciated, and embraced”; “to visit the notion of a mutually purposeful social contract”; and to “act—Fathers must be better fathers, men must be better husbands and partners. Mentors are needed. Schools must return as portals of opportunity, and not pipelines towards prison. Prisons and juvenile halls must breathe restoration and rehabilitation, rather than a culture of punitive vengeance and hopelessness.”
Although expressed in purely personal rather than institutional terms, Ross’s post has an underlying resonance for philanthropy, since he heads the fifteenth-largest foundation in the U.S., with assets of over $3.66 billion. What is philanthropy prepared to do—and what should it do—in response to the Zimmerman verdict? More »