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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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The Heart Work of Hard Work: Black Teacher Pipeline Best Practices at HBCU Teacher Education Programs

February 8, 2024

This report by the UNCF Frederick D. Patterson Research Institute examines the best practices implemented at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) teacher preparation programs, which result in these institutions being significant producers of Black teachers for America's public education system.This report builds on the HBCU teacher preparation program scholarship by providing a snapshot of the recruitment, curricular, and co-curricular practices implemented at these institutions to strengthen the Black teacher pipeline. Through the voices of faculty, staff, and students at four HBCU teacher preparation programs, this report will introduce practices that support their Black pre-service teachers.


Exclusionary by Design: An Investigation of Zoning’s Use as a Tool of Race, Class, and Family Exclusion in Boston’s Suburbs, 1920 to Today

November 8, 2023

Based on extensive review of local planning documents, state reports, and press coverage over the past 100 years, this report finds widespread use of zoning as a tool of social exclusion against residents of color, especially Black residents; lower-income and working-class residents; families with school-aged children; religious minorities; immigrants; and, in some cases, any newcomers/outsiders at all.


Philanthropy’s Role in Reparations and Building a Culture of Racial Repair

September 27, 2023

Many in philanthropy have expressed a desire to advance racial equity and a thriving multiracial democracy. This article, written in collaboration with Liberation Ventures, invites philanthropists, foundations, and other funders to see reparations for Black people—and building a culture of repair—as a necessity to reach that goal.

Equitable Access to Quality Climate Infrastructure Jobs: A Framework for Collaborative Action

May 6, 2024

Recent federal laws, including the 2021 Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) and the 2022 Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), focus on updating and improving the nation's infrastructure while taking steps to mitigate and adapt to the effects of climate change. Included in these federal infrastructure investments are goals around creating quality jobs and ensuring that benefits accrue to populations that have been historically marginalized. Largely missing from enacted legislation were specific funding and requirements for developing the workforce for emerging climate infrastructure jobs.This report provides a framework for understanding what is needed at the local and regional level to advance effective implementation of workforce development in conjunction with current and future climate and infrastructure investments. Efforts are in early stages, but there are many promising practices from which to learn. To build an understanding of these practices, we interviewed individuals from national and regional nonprofit organizations, local governments, industry associations, and intermediaries. Informed by our interviews, feedback sessions, and research, our framework identifies three essential principles, a set of core actors, and five key strategies that workforce and sustainability organizations can use to advance equitable green career pathways. The report provides recommendations for federal, state, and local governments, philanthropies, employers, and unions to build collaborative capacity supporting the equitable implementation of climate infrastructure investments.

Assessing Climate Risk in Marginalized Communities

March 14, 2024

This report builds upon a growing body of research exploring the implications of climate change for communities of color. Using a focused analysis of riverine flood risk, our findings illustrate how communities of color are disproportionately affected by riverine flooding events and how the impact is magnified because of these communities' greater vulnerability and weaker resilience. Based on our methodology and conclusions, we recommend several steps that can support more racially equitable outcomes from a riverine flood event, including the Federal Emergency Management Agency's adoption of a more inclusive definition and forward-looking assessment approach for riverine flooding risk, normalization of the expected annual loss attributable to a climate event by scaling the total replacement value, and incorporation of social vulnerability and community resilience measures into composite risk metrics. More broadly, we recommend that continued attention be paid to racial equity within overarching environmental, social, and governance frameworks.

Achieving a Racially and Ethnically Equitable Health Care Delivery System in Massachusetts: A Vision and Proposed Action Plan

December 13, 2023

This report proposes a vision and plan for action—collectively a statewide Health Equity Action Plan—for achieving a racially and ethnically equitable health care delivery system in Massachusetts. The report is accompanied by an Executive Summary, as well as a Health Equity Action Plan Toolkit (Toolkit) of interventions, policies, and programs that organizations in the health care delivery system can deploy to achieve their health equity goals.The causes and impact of health inequities in Massachusetts, as elsewhere, are multiple, complex, and inter-related. Inequities in access to adequate housing, food, education, and other vital needs are stark and directly impact people's health. Many populations experience health inequities, including people of color and people for whom English is not their primary language, as well as those with disabilities and those in the LGBTQ+ community. The focus of this report is on racial and ethnic inequities in the health care delivery system and therefore can be considered a first phase in a larger system-wideeffort to eliminate all inequities that affect people's health.

U.S. Based Workforce and Board Composition Report by Race/Ethnicity, Gender and Job Category 2023

December 1, 2023

W.K. Kellogg Foundation's workforce composition and how it has changed over time.

The Weight of Power: The Role of Metrics & Evaluation at the Intersection of Social Justice

November 17, 2023

Dismantling and shifting power structures is key for achieving meaningful social impact. For far too long, funders have had significant control over social impact organizations: what they focus on, how they allocate resources, and how they measure their own success. This control contributes to ongoing inequity and impedes progress. If we want to bring about effective and lasting change, we need to shift that power to the people on the front lines — social innovation leaders and the communities they serve. Their voices need to be heard and respected. We must work together with them to develop solutions that make a meaningful difference. This report, a collaboration between Echoing Green and CCRE, seeks to contribute to those solutions by beginning to address two essential questions:Who has power to define success?Who should have power to define success?Guided by this frame of reference, we conducted a review of existing literature, a series of 22 interviews, and a survey of 409 nonprofit leaders, social innovators, and philanthropic funders to understand how philanthropy and social innovators measure success. We focused on the challenges faced specifically by Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) leaders. Across these three methods, we sought to understand four key questions:Who has power to define vision, mission, and metrics?What metrics are collected and how are they used?What effect do metrics have on BIPOC leaders?How can we create more equitable funding streams?

The Great Eight: A Resource Guide Dedicated to Alabama's Historically Black Community Colleges & Predominantly Black Community Colleges (HBCC/PBCC)

November 9, 2023

This resource guide focuses on Alabama's Historically Black Community Colleges and Predominantly Black Community Colleges and provides detailed information about the enrollment, retention, transfer and graduation rates at these institutions. 

Sustaining DEI momentum after the Supreme Court's decision on affirmative action

October 6, 2023

After the recent SCOTUS decision on affirmative action in higher education, leaders and organizations are grappling with the potential ripple effects on corporate diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) efforts in the near and long term. In navigating this moment, leaders can do two things: (1) reground themselves on why their organization is investing in DEI strategies in the first place, and (2) take a look at existing DEI initiatives to understand where they may evolve and continue to create equal opportunities for all. Assessing risk will no doubt be part of the conversation. Yet, with the strong business case for DEI efforts, how can organizations ensure the risks of discontinuing certain DEI efforts are given the same weight as the risks of continuing them? This how-to guide, created through the W.K. Kellogg Foundation's Expanding Equity program, provides a framework for what to consider while charting a path forward as you review and adapt your DEI strategies — all while remaining true to your aspirations for creating more diverse, equitable and inclusive workplaces.

Affirmative Action in Higher Education: The Racial Justice Landscape after the SFFA Cases

October 2, 2023

This report includes approaches that institutions can implement to increase diversity in higher education. The report offers concrete solutions to college students, education professionals, individuals, and institutions looking to further their commitment to pursuing racial equity. And it suggests ways to bring fair and robust educational opportunities to all students, paving the way for institutions to admit individuals from varied backgrounds to create a diverse campus that reflects the extensive resources  and potential of our multiracial democracy.

Brilliant Transformation: Toward Full Flourishing in BIPOC Leadership Transitions

October 2, 2023

Over the past decade, many social change organizations have started to take action to address systemic racism within their systems and structures. As part of this shift, many organizations have sought out the leadership of Black people, Indigenous people, and other People of Color (BIPOC). However, in many cases, organizations have not created the conditions that would support these leaders to flourish. Nevertheless, leaders of color have brought strength, experience, and brilliance into positions of power and created ways to advance much needed change.This study reflects the insight of BIPOC leaders navigating positions of power in social change organizations as they succeeded white predecessors. Through a partnership between Ericka Stallings of Leadership Learning Community, Bianca Anderson of ProInspire, and AiLun Ku of BIPOC Leaders Network and the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation, we spoke with BIPOC leaders from across the country, who shared a wide range of experiences related to their transitions, their strategies for navigating these transitions, and specific recommendations for how to make these transitions better.