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Is philanthropy ready for radical change? Or is this moment a passing, superficial change?

Will philanthropy commit to racial equity progress?

Racial equity progress comes in many ways

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Philanthropy doesn’t have a reputation for radical transformation. Yet the last two years have put on prominent display the need for just such change. 

Progress on racial equity is a challenging case study. Leaders in philanthropy now commonly cite the injustice of race serving as an effective predictor of economic, health and other social outcomes. Following George Floyd’s murder and the demonstrations that followed, racial justice giving soared, It’s popular to discuss centering racial equity across a portfolio of grantees. Yet, since some portion of recent investments have been reactive and superficial, much of the funding created little lasting progress

Is philanthropy ready for radical change? Or is it a passing, superficial change?

Dwayne Wharton cautions that this is a moment for those in philanthropy, nonprofit and other civic roles to consider just how systemic


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