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Black Funding Denied: Community Foundation Support for Black Communities

by Ben Barge; Brandi Collins-Calhoun; Elbert Garcia; Janay Richmond; Jeanne Lewis; Ryan Schlegel; Spencer Ozer; Stephanie Peng

Aug 1, 2020

In light of the national uprising sparked by the murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor (and building on other recent tragic movement moments going back to the 2014 murder of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri), NCRP is analyzing grantmaking by community foundations across the country to find out exactly how much they are – or are not – investing in Black communities.


We started by looking at the latest available grantmaking data (2016-2018) of 25 community foundations (CFs) – from Los Angeles to New Orleans to New York City to St. Paul. These foundations represent a cross section of some of the country's largest community foundations as well as foundations in communities where NCRP has Black-led nonprofit allies.

Black Funding Denied: Community Foundation Support for Black Communities