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Seven Challenges for Philanthropy in the Wake of Ferguson

Wednesday, October 1, 2014   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Buffy Beaudoin-Schwartz
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September 24, 3014

The Nonprofit Quarterly

As the events of Ferguson fade from the headlines, replaced by the crisis in the Middle East and elsewhere, foundations and nonprofits are grappling with what they ought to have done in response to the killing of an unarmed black teenager in the streets of this small suburb of St. Louis. The answers are hardly simple and discrete.

In this commentary, we suggest that foundations need to pay significantly more attention to the problems of inner-ring suburbs, which may be the new—and in some ways harder to address—venues of America’s socio-economic and racial inequities. But foundations must also get serious about grantmaking that addresses persistent and pernicious issues of race, and this requires more attention to and support of "gritty” community organizing. Without grantmaking support that matches foundation rhetoric about attention to race, it is too much talk and too little action.

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