The date on the fifth volume of PRE’s Critical Issues Forum is June 2014, but we suspect that many readers of the NPQ Newswire may not be within the philanthropic circles that typically keep up with the literature on structural racism and so haven’t seen the latest installment of this series on foundation approaches to racial justice. Therefore, despite the publication date, it is still current enough to warrant NPQ Newswire coverage.
The fifth volume of PRE’s Critical Issues Forum is something of a retrospective on the understanding and adoption of a racial equity lens in philanthropy through the 10 years of PRE’s existence, with profiles of specific foundations (Akonadi, the California Endowment, the Woods Fund, and Z. Smith Reynolds) that should attract readers interested in how foundations approach issues such as racial justice and structure or restructure their grantmaking in response.
This author has contributed to PRE publications on occasion, and in this volume contributed a brief review of foundation grantmaking for racial justice—except that there is no established indicator of “racial justice” against which foundation grantmaking can be reasonably measured. Definitions of racial justice vary. At the Foundation Center, there are statistics on grantmaking for “civil rights and social action,” a category that probably intersects but is not synonymous with racial justice.
We used Foundation Center statistics to look at the proportion of foundation grant dollars (for the largest foundations in the U.S.) that were dedicated to the benefit of specific racial or ethnic groups:
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