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Weekly Reads – April 16, 2021

A roundup of timely insight from the grantmaking community and beyond.

“Art—including stories, visuals and performances—can help build empathy, challenge deeply held beliefs, drive change and promote healing. Art can lower defense mechanisms and help people engage meaningfully in difficult work. And art can create space to co-create new visions for the community—such as alternatives to traditional policing.” [more]
Carla Taylor, Community Wealth Partners, and Michelle D. Johnson, The Kresge Foundation, in Next City

“[M]any of the through-lines we’ve been tracking in philanthropy for five years have new meaning and urgency as 2021 begins – but they’ve been there all along. [and…] must now address more forcefully, including: the sprawling impacts of wealth inequality; significant declines in public trust in institutions and in each other; the bright and dark sides of technological proliferation; and the systemic racism permeating so many aspects of our society and democracy.” [more]
11 Trends in Philanthropy for 2021, Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy

“This new AAPIP report finds that foundation funding designated for Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities only accounts for 0.20 percent of all U.S. grantmaking. This mirrors findings from AAPIP’s 1992 report—from three decades ago […] As AAPI communities seek to soar and reach new heights, they continue to be hamstrung by an alarmingly low level of philanthropic investment.” [more]
Seeking to Soar: Foundation Funding for Asian American & Pacific Islander Communities, Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy