Knowledge Letter - August 2020 - Philanthropic Opportunities Against Racial Injustice

08/27/2020
Potential investments in the Black-led racial justice ecosystem
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Guiding a Giving Response to Anti-Black Injustice

By Susan Taylor Batten, Edward M. Jones, Leslie MacKrell, and Jerry Petit-Frere

From the disproportionate effects of COVID-19 on people of color to the unconscionable brutality against Black people by the police, the past several months have laid bare the systemic racism that is deeply entrenched in the United States. This work, created in collaboration with ABFE and with input from proximate leaders, highlights investments philanthropy can consider to support Black-led organizations and movements committed to anti-racist social change.

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