Back From the Margins: Behind a New Call to Boost Funding for Black-Led Organizations

Jeanné Isler, vice president and chief engagement officer at the National Committee for Philanthropy, suggested to me that while philanthropy has done important work on race over recent years, it was still falling short in its “historical and sociological understanding” of racial inequity in America and how this is a driver of so many other issues. “I don’t think the sector has invested the time to understand how we’ve gotten to some of the social problems we have,” Isler said. She echoed Williams’ analysis that “race in America has been built along a black-white binary,” and said that acknowledging this legacy isn’t so easy for many funders. “That requires a level of acceptance. It’s hard to get folks in philanthropy on the same page about how we ended up here.”

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