June 24, 2015
June 24, 2015
The Foundation for the Mid South’s mission is to invest in people and strategies that build philanthropy and promote racial, social and economic equity in Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi. The four-part More than Words series, funded by the Ford Foundation, describes its organizational transformation emphasizing racial, social, and economic equity.
Part 1: Moving Beyond the Status Quo
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Race Forward is a national nonprofit whose mission is to build awareness, solutions and leadership for racial justice by generating transformative ideas, information and experiences. The organization defines racial justice as "the systematic fair treatment of people of all races, resulting in equitable opportunities and outcomes for all" and works to advance its mission through media, research and leadership development.
Racial Equity Tools is designed to support individuals and groups working to achieve racial equity. The website offers a glossary, research, tips, curricula and ideas for people who want to increase their own understanding and to help those working toward justice at every level — in systems, organizations, communities and the culture at large.
Workplace racial inequity exists in America unless significant attention is paid to changing it. When racial equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) are understood as mission-relevant to an organization, strategies for achieving these take precedence and permeate the culture. This toolkit condenses 15 years of the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s employee work “hard-wiring” EDI as part of the cultural norm from management to staff to grantees to vendors.
The Race Matters Institute helps nonprofits, government units, community organizations and philanthropies develop policies and programs to achieve more diverse, equitable and inclusive results.
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Caitlin Copple, Montana Correspondent | Against the backdrop of Lone Mountain on a patio with a river rock fireplace, nearly 100 philanthropists, social entrepreneurs, nonprofit staff and government leaders spent a day and a half talking, thinking and planning next steps to advance issues that matter most to Montanans. Here's what we learned. more »
Kristen joined Philanthropy Northwest in 2011 as a partner with The Giving Practice. While there, she facilitated collaborative funding partnerships, supported strategic and business planning initiatives and led qualitative program evaluations. Her love for learning inspired her to pursue a new role at Philanthropy Northwest in 2015 in which she oversees the development and implementation of peer-learning communities and cohorts, professional development workshops and experimental programming.
Kristen Holway, Senior Manager, Learning Practice | Five months have passed since the March 22 mudslide in Oso, Wash. killed 43 people, damaged nearly 50 homes and destroyed nearly one square mile of land, rivers and infrastructure. It's hard to believe that, on the heels of this horrific disaster -- the worst in state history -- fire crews were also battling the most severe fires in Washington state history in Chelan and Okanogan counties.
As communities across the state continue to define their new normal, recover and rebuild, philanthropic organizations are beginning to ask: "What can we do to ensure our communities are resilient? How can we better prepare our grantees and ourselves for future disasters?" more »
The Mission Investment Database is a record of more than $1 billion of impact investments made by U.S. foundations and other philanthropic asset holders since 2010, collected by Mission Investors Exchange.
The below-market and market rate investments are categorized by asset class: real asset, deposit, guarantee, equity-like debt, public debt, public equity, private equity and private debt. They are also categorized by sector:
Strategies to Maximize your Philanthropic Capital: A Guide to Program Related Investments is a comprehensive primer on program-related investments (PRIs).
In 2010, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation joined together to develop a comprehensive online training program on legal issues in grantmaking. The result is Learn Foundation Law, a free website offering e-trainings and tools related to the basic legal rules for private foundations.
In this blog post, Clara Miller and Toni Johnson from The F.B. Heron Foundation, a pioneer in impact investing, talk about the challenges they've faced in fully and deeply mission-aligning their investment portfolio. "On the surface," they write, "investing with one’s values may seem simple, but our experience at the F.B. Heron Foundation shows that even with the best of intentions and promising, emerging standards and tools, the current investment framework makes it challenging."
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