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Racial equity can be defined as "the condition that would be achieved if one's race identity no longer influenced how one fares." (from "Awake to Woke to Work: Building a Race Equity Culture" by Equity in the Center). This collection focuses on racial equity and also includes works that explore the larger diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) framework. Our aim is to raise awareness about funding for racial equity efforts as well as activities in the social sector meant to realize racial equity. The collection is part of Candid's Funding for racial equity special issue website.

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Justice Is The Foundation: Assessing Philanthropy’s Commitment to Racial Equity & Justice in Education (2024)

February 1, 2024

The Schott Foundation for Public Education worked with Candid, a center for nonprofit resources and tools, over the past four years to critically examine K-12 education philanthropy's grantmaking priorities. Our project, Justice Is The Foundation, assesses the collective philanthropic impact of giving in the education sector through a lens of racial equity and racial justice. We believe that education philanthropy has an important and irreplaceable role to play in building a more just and equitable society: public schools touch 90% of students in the U.S., are often de facto centers of community and neighborhood cohesion, and have been a focal point of racial justice movements since Reconstruction. In early 2021, Schott launched this project with the first data set from our collaboration, Candid's data on grants made from 2017-2019. To ensure a more reliable picture of the kinds of grants we are examining—comparatively small slices of a much large sector—and to account for different grant cycles, we selected a three-year period for study. In our second report, released in August 2022, we covered grants made from 2018-2020. This current report, the third in our series, covers 2019-2021: for the first time fully encompassing the racial justice uprisings of 2020 and philanthropy's response.