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Weekly Reads—May 7, 2021

Enjoy PEAK’s weekly roundup of timely insights from the grantmaking community and beyond.

“Research from scholars at Northwestern University found that half of philanthropic funding on climate issues goes to 20 national organizations; that data was then analyzed by the Solutions Project in 2019 finding 90% of those organizations to be led by white people, 80% by men. Funders need to step up their investments in BIPOC-led environmental justice groups… because it’s the way to win on climate change and other environmental issues. Here’s why.”  [more]
Lois DeBacker, The Kresge Foundation Environment Program, and Jacqueline Patterson, NAACP Environment and Climate Justice Program

“Statistics show that organizations for Black women have been disproportionately neglected by foundations. In 2017, one of the latest years for which comprehensive data is available, less than 1 percent of the $67 billion that foundations contributed went to organizations that specifically target minority women and girls.” [more]
Haleluya Hadero, Associated Press, in The Chronicle of Philanthropy

“The COVID-19 pandemic has been described in many ways, including ‘The Great Exposer,’ for revealing the broken systems, misplaced priorities, and neglected communities in our society. Experts now warn against a K-shaped recovery that will exacerbate the disparities that previously existed. I’m encouraged by the philanthropic community’s efforts […] but, as a Black woman and nonprofit executive, I’ve never been more concerned that funders will inadvertently accelerate the K-shaped recovery by not evolving to meet the moment.”  [more]
Siobhan Davenport, Crittenton Services of Greater Washington, on National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy

“The work of anti-racism demands that we act, not just react. The harsh reality is that regardless of the outcome of this particular trial, we know with certainty that the rate of murders of Black and Brown citizens at the hands of law enforcement remains appallingly high.”  [more]
Jim Canales, Barr Foundation