Private funders in the Bay Area and across the nation have long acknowledged the need to increase attention to racial equity. Many funding leaders and organizations have made progress over recent years. Yet Latinx and other nonprofit leaders of color continue to be underrepresented, under-resourced, and undervalued in organized philanthropy’s work. Foundation leaders increasingly recognize that organizational structures and funding flows, decision-making representation and administrative oversight practices are not as responsive as they should be to the needs and grossly untapped potential of diverse grassroots communities. And yet change is not happening at a rate or scope sufficient to make a meaningful difference. Why? What is getting in the way?
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Why are funders unable to translate good intentions into action?
What can and should funders do differently to meaningfully address persistent racial inequities in their work and their workplaces?
How can we best hold ourselves accountable for making a real and meaningful change?