Opinion | Why you should apply a racial equity lens to your end-of-year giving – Washington Post – DC Initiative on Racial Equity
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Glen O’Gilvie is the chief executive of the Center for Nonprofit Advancement.

Against the backdrop of a raging pandemic, ailing economy and racial reckoning, many deserving nonprofit organizations are seeking financial support. With thousands of nonprofits in the D.C. area alone, it can be daunting to figure out how to have the greatest impact in our community.

As head of the largest association of nonprofits in the region, I urge you this year to focus your end-of-year giving on organizations with a demonstrated and authentic commitment to racial justice. By intentionally applying a racial equity lens to your giving, you are not only supporting organizations that are advancing critical work, but you are also sending a powerful message to other groups to follow through on their responsibility if they want to earn your charitable dollars and trust into the future.

Some of you already do this — long before George Floyd’s killing in May, long before the Black Lives Matter movement was founded in 2013. For those who are Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC), this may be second nature.

For the staff and board of the Center for Nonprofit Advancement, the past year has meant not only examini


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