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In the News: ‘Fund Us Like You Want Us to Win’

Foundations are putting unprecedented billions into racial equity, but some grantmakers worry that too little is going to grassroots movements…

Community organizers are the ground troops in the fight for racial justice, yet they are often overlooked by institutional philanthropy, [some] critics say. The death of Rep. John Lewis was only the most recent reminder that powerful leaders often emerge from the rank-and-file of social movements.

“You need righteous agitators,” says Lateefah Simon, a lifelong advocate for racial justice who is president of the Akonadi Foundation [and Soliare board member]. “Systems don’t change themselves.”

“‘Fund Us Like You Want Us to Win’” by Marc Gunther, The Chronicle of Philanthropy / August 25, 2020

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