The admission scandal is a stain on the reputation of our top universities. If these institutions want to change their admission policies, they should double down on their outreach to Strivers. I am referring to America’s Strivers — the talented and prepared low-and middle-income students who played by the rules, sacrificed their Saturdays studying...
Funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Launches Chicago Music Pathway Initiative to Diversify the Next Generation of Musicians
CMPI will support promising young musicians from underrepresented backgrounds and low-income households in order to diversify the next generation of musicians.....Read more
Today’s cultural and political moment demands action from all of us, in whatever spheres of influence we may have. Our responsibility in this moment is to move from talking to action, to tackle the inequities we see in our professional world—arts philanthropy.
In our blog post last spring, we shared the results of a report from Yancey Consulting that outlines what it would take for New York’s African, Latinx, Asian, Arab, and Native American (ALAANA) arts groups to thrive, not just survive. We urged our colleagues in philanthropy to join us to address the funding inequities that perpetuate precarious conditions for these groups, leaving many continually undercapitalized.
Two years ago, the President of the Ford Foundation, Darren Walker, penned a blog entitled, “Ignorance is the enemy within: On the power of our privilege, and the privilege of our power” committing the Ford Foundation to consider the voices and priorities of people with disabilities with an “intersectional view of inequality.”
PEAK Grantmaking recently released a report on how funders are collecting and using demographic data. In our conversations with members, we learned that only about half of grantmakers are collecting this data. Of that half, almost all of them are collecting information on the communities that nonprofits serve, and less than half of them are collecting information on the board and staff leadership of the nonprofits.