What Candid’s data tells us about support for communities of color and social justice amid 2020’s pandemic response

By Ryan Schlegel and Anna Koob

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The COVID-19 pandemic disrupted every aspect of life around the globe and exacerbated perennial challenges such as entrenched poverty, hunger, lack of access to health care and racial inequality.

In spite of the challenge presented by social distancing requirements, the U.S.’s civil society has mobilized to begin meeting historic levels of need for direct services.

And as a reinvigorated movement for Black civil and human rights swelled again last spring and summer, organizations working at the…

A Q&A on “Shift Happens in Community: A Toolkit to Build Power and Ignite Change” featuring Jason Baisden, senior program officer at the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust; Paula Swepson, executive director of the West Marion Community Forum, Inc.; and Mary Snow, principal consultant, Equitable Community Strategies.

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As a funder, a community organizer and an equity consultant, Jason Baisden, Paula Swepson and Mary Snow work together to support locally driven changes across historically excluded neighborhoods in McDowell County, a rural area located in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in western North Carolina.

We strategize on ways to mobilize grassroots…

In just 48 hours, 2021 gave us all a stark reminder of the pain and promise of this nation and its people.

By Ben Barge

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Sen. Raphael Warnock (left) and Sen. Jon Ossoff. Image by John Ramspott. Used under Creative Commons license.

On Jan. 5, my home state of Georgia made history. Georgians chose to send Rev. Raphael Warnock to Washington, making him Georgia’s first Black U.S. senator, the country’s 11th Black senator ever, and the second Black senator from a former Confederate state since Reconstruction. They also chose to elect Jon Ossoff, Georgia’s first Jewish U.S. senator and the body’s youngest sitting member.

Georgians did what many thought was impossible because grassroots organizers — especially Georgians…

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the cover of NCRP’s latest report, Black Funding Denied: Community Foundation Support for Black Communities.

In his most recent @NonProfit Chronicles column, Marc Gunther echoes some of the more common critiques of our most recent report, Black Funding Denied: Community Foundation Support for Black Communities.

To be fair, Marc includes a number of our responses in his piece, many of which can also be found in the report’s FAQ post. We appreciate that. However, he mischaracterizes the methodology NCRP used to generate the report, something that we would like to directly address.

According to Gunther, “NCRP counted grants coded with ‘people of African descent’ as the beneficiaries as investments in Black communities, but it did…

The lesson for donors is that funding community organizing creates change now and for decades to come

By Aaron Dorfman, NCRP President/CEO

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Rep. Pramila Jayapal questioning Attorney General Bill Barr at a House Judiciary Committee. (Source: C-Span)

In a week that started with servant-leader John Lewis receiving a state viewing on Capitol Hill, it was fitting to see Rep. Pramila Jayapal hold Attorney General Bill Barr accountable about the administration’s arguably unconstitutional abuse of force against Black Lives Matters protesters in Washington, DC, Portland and other cities. …

By Ryan Schlegel

Tuesday night Alabama voters accomplished something many political observers thought impossible. The historic outcome of this year’s special election for Alabama senator is a victory for progressive causes — the current Congress will have a harder time eviscerating the social safety net.

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LaTosha Brown and Shun Sheffield on election day in Alabama. Used with permission of LaTosha Brown.

But it is also a victory for the black women-led voter registration and mobilization movement in Alabama that has been working against stiff headwinds for months — decades, really — to ensure democracy prevails in a state with some of the most onerous barriers to voting in the country, as noted in The New York…

By Jack Rome

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What do social justice movements need from philanthropy especially in these times when equity, justice and inclusion are being challenged in our communities and our country?

More than 300 foundation and nonprofit leaders grappled with this question during a series of events around NCRP’s new strategic framework. And we think it’s important to hear from our nonprofit members, supporters, readers and our online community.

NCRP’s strategic framework, which will guide our work for the next 10 years, has an ambitious goal:

“Over the next 10 years we want to ensure that social movements — especially those led…

By Aaron Dorfman

This commentary was originally published on The Huffington Post.

Donald Trump’s election as U.S. president represents the victory of a reactionary, hard-right agenda that threatens to overturn decades of progress on important social and environmental issues. But groups and individuals are beginning to organize against the most damaging aspects of Trump’s politics. A resistance is forming, and it needs and deserves the support of our nation’s foundations and wealthy donors.

Here are five ways people who control substantial financial resources can be partners in combating the Trump agenda.

1. Invest in a broad-based resistance.

Donors need to…

By Sarah Eagle Heart

The recent widespread rallying behind the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) along with actress Shailene Woodley’s arrest at the pipeline site has brought a lot new attention to an issue that Indigenous people have been struggling with for generations. The fight to preserve tribal sovereignty and sacred sites has long been at the forefront for Native issues.

The U.S. federal government has obligations to protect tribal lands and resources and to protect tribal rights to self-govern. The U.S. first attempted to terminate reservations in 1946 when congress set up the…

By Caitlin Duffy

You may remember last year’s controversy between Nicki Minaj and Miley Cyrus. In response to being excluded from nominations for a Video Music Awards category, Minaj expressed public critique on Twitter about double-standards and racial bias in the industry.

As host of the 2015 VMAs, Cyrus took the opportunity to critique the artist in an interview: “What I read sounded very Nicki Minaj, which, if you know Nicki Minaj is not too kind. It’s not very polite. I think there’s a way you speak to people with openness and love.” …


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