Pathways to Progress: Focusing Philanthropy on Racial Equity and Social Justice

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Pathways to Progress: Focusing Philanthropy on Racial Equity and Social Justice (pdf)

This paper is the culmination of five years work evaluating Ford Foundation’s portfolio of grants, “Community Philanthropy and Racial Equity in the American South.” It is based on reflective conversations with nearly 100 philanthropic organizations operating in both African American and White American settings. It presents a framework – six pathways to progress – that allows practitioners to use their philanthropic resources more strategically, with the goal of “moving the needles” that indicate how well public systems and private markets perform for different groups of people. It presents a set of promising practices, with examples from the field, and links to practitioner organizations. It includes benchmarks by which initiatives to reduce inequity can be measured. It links to short essays and tools allowing you to go deeper on key topics, including papers written by our team including Betty Emarita and Vanessa Stephens as part of this project.