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.
Supporting Low-Income Neighborhood Organizations: A Guide for Community Foundations This guidebook gives advice on making grants and providing other kinds of support to low-income neighborhood organizations. Available from Rainbow Research, Inc. (www.rainbowresearch.org).
Building Community Capacity with Evaluation Activities That Empower A chapter in the best-selling “Empowerment Evaluation: Knowledge and Tools for Self-assessment and Accountability” (Fetterman, Kaftarian, and Wandersman; Sage, 1996). Available from Sage Publishing (www.sagepub.com).
Where is “the confluence of philanthropy, justice, and evaluation” where I say I’m blogging from? Those three themes are huge, and the three flowing together carve out some big territory. I imagine it like one […]