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Weekly Reads – January 29, 2021

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

“As a country, we have to go beyond simply accepting hard truths, to committing to healing and reconciliation. As James Baldwin said, ‘Nothing can be changed until it is faced.’” [more]
– Erwin Acox Jr., Tides

“As we move into a space of transforming what has been into what will be, consider doing more than just issuing a statement. If you want to support Black-led nonprofits, focus on capacity building and infrastructure. Do the work to find the hidden gems doing good and not well in their communities. Transform your thinking.” [more]
– Tiffany Turner-Allen, Nonprofit Prince George’s County, in Nonprofit Quarterly

“Brooklyn is home to the largest Black community in North America. Nearly 70 percent of the borough’s residents are non-white. For our staff at the Brooklyn Community Foundation, the events of the past year have revealed in the starkest terms that systemic racism is the greatest threat to the health and well-being of our communities. […] We can’t stop asking: ‘What more can we do?’” [more]
– Cecilia Clarke and Marcella Tillett, Brooklyn Community Foundation, on The Center for Effective Philanthropy

“Did you know? Seventy-six percent of foundation staff identify as white, while only 4% of philanthropic capital gets invested in organizations led by Black and Latinx leaders.” [more]
– Camelback Ventures, on Giving Compass