October 31, 2022

Knowledge Letter - October 2022 - How funders can address structural racism

How funders can address structural racism

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Knowledge Letter
Strategies for Social Impact

Unlocking Social Progress by Addressing Structural Racism

By Britt Savage, Cora Daniels, Michael Borger, Peter Kim

After pledging to give more to racial equity, many funders find themselves unfamiliar with the type of work to which they’re now committed. But there are guideposts for what interventions that address structural racism look like.

In our recent research, we observed seven critical characteristics shared by a variety of ongoing efforts working to achieve equitable structural change (see the image above).

This new report, created in collaboration with the Racial Equity Institute, offers funders a look behind the curtain at what it takes to truly create lasting social change. 
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