What Does Equitable Funding Look Like?
Foundations, grantmakers, and funders can partner equitably with BIPOC communities. Here’s how:
- Increase annual payout to 10% or more (not including operating expenses).
- Designate funding specifically for BIPOC-led organizations, which have historically been overlooked and under-resourced.
- Provide significant, multiyear general operating funds to support organizational stability.
- Invest in BIPOC-led systems change work.
When BIPOC leaders drive how issues are defined, decisions are made, and solutions are created, meaningful change becomes possible
Building BIPOC Solidarity
As a coalition, we are building a unified agenda that harnesses the power and genius of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color communities.
Our BIPOC ED Coalition letter challenges funders to commit to trust-based and equitable practices. Unite with more than 200 BIPOC nonprofit leaders to call in philanthropy. When you sign the letter, you also become a coalition member.
Calling in Philanthropy
We are calling in philanthropic partners and other allies to reimagine your roles and commit to working with BIPOC-led organizations in more powerful ways.
With your partnership, we can redesign ways of sharing resources and caring for one another based on our common humanity.
Understanding Philanthropy’s History Opens Reimagined Futures
Philanthropic wealth has been created and sustained through the extraction and exploitation of people, land, and resources. It is concentrated from generation to generation, reinforced by policies and systems designed by and for white people.
white board members
white foundation presidents
white full-time staff
(Sources: BoardSource. Leading with Intent: 2017 National Index of Nonprofit Board Practices. 2017. Echoing Green and The Bridgespan Group. Racial Equity and Philanthropy: Disparities in Funding for Leaders of Color Leave Impact on the Table. May 2020)