April 27, 2022

Knowledge Letter - April 27, 2022 - Podcast: The Case to Endow Black-Led Nonprofits

Podcast: The Case to Endow Black-Led Nonprofits

Using endowments for a radical new purpose
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Strategies for Social Impact

Podcast: The Case to Endow Black-Led Nonprofits


Nonprofit endowments are all too rare, especially for social change organizations led by people of color, whose endowments are nearly four times smaller than those of white-led organizations.

In this podcast: Bridgespan Partners William Foster and Darren Isom talk with host Denver Frederick about how the "stodgy" tool of endowments can be used for a new, radical purpose.

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Getting Smart on Impact Investing in the Education Sector

By Stephanie Kater, Kayce Buller, Jack Sullivan, Ronak Parikh

Three areas—education technology, early childhood, and income-share agreements—provide promising investment opportunities for impact investors interested in the education sector. 
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Philanthropy’s Role in the Movement to Reimagine Criminal Justice
Thursday, May 12, 2022
1-2 p.m. ET / 10-11 a.m. PT

New Bridgespan research on criminal legal system reform ("Making the Case: Philanthropy’s Role in the Movement to Reimagine Criminal Justice”) offers guidance to funders on how to invest resources to create transformative change.

Drawing from this research and joined by leaders in the field, you’re invited to attend this webinar to:
  • Gain a deeper understanding of where philanthropic resources are needed in the movement to transform criminal justice
  • Understand what movement leaders need from their funders to support their success
  • Hear about the mindset and practice shifts necessary to effectively fund movement leaders

This webinar is presented by Bridgespan’s Allana Jackson and Alexandra Williams. It features guest speakers Brittany White, decarceration director at LIVE FREE USA, and Nicole Boucher, chief strategy and operations officer at The Just Trust.

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