Social Justice Philanthropy Restructures to Focus on Power

The National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy doesn’t go that far, but urges philanthropy to step up its social justice efforts, saying foundations have persistently underfunded marginalized communities. A 2016 NCRP report that analyzed 2003-2013 Foundation Center data found during that 11-year period that grantmaking to underserved communities increased by only 5% despite the 2008 recession, the worst in 70 years, and represented a small fraction of all foundation grants. Funding for social justice strategies such as civic engagement, community organizing and policy change did not increase despite the proliferation of new social justice movements. Moreover, even as community foundations’ assets grew, their share of grants to underserved communities declined. 

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