America’s Most Unequal City Does Not Trust Black Women to Lead.

But instead of trusting Black-led organizations in this moment, the overwhelming majority of that capital was committed through a closed-door process to almost 200 white-led organizations. Out of the 657 applications for funding, there was no shortage of qualified organizations headed by Black leaders, especially Black women — yet Black-led organizations received a quarter of what was invested in their white peers. Organizations founded by Black women received 10% of the total dollars allocated — while 50% went to White, male-founded organizations in a sector where they make up a fraction of the workforce. This is in line with national research. An analysis by the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy found that the Community Foundation of Greater Atlanta, our state’s largest community foundation with $1.2 billion in assets, distributed only 1.7% of its dollars “for Black communities.”

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