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Diversity in Philanthropy

Resource type: Research Report

Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors |

This report by Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors looks at how philanthropy’s approach to diversity has evolved and provides data on the successes of major strategies that have been piloted.

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Philanthropy in a Changing Society is a three-part report published by Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, a New York-based nonprofit that connects and counsels donors on effective giving. This first release, Achieving Effectiveness through Diversity, offers information on the evolution of the philanthropic field, analyzing diversity data and strategies over a period of 25 years (between the years of 1982 and 2006).

The report seeks to strengthen the relationship between private philanthropy and the populations most in need – a relationship that, historically, has been tenuous and lacking. To this end, it provides data on the success of strategies to date as well as an analysis of past diversity and racial equity programs, also incorporating modern research in order to create recommendations for the future.

In addition to focusing on how to connect grant programs with organizations dedicated to racial equity, this report also analyzes current major foundation programs that incorporate diverse personnel and encourage diverse donors and community outreach programs.

Achieving Effectiveness through Diversity includes a listing of internships, fellowships, reports, case studies, tools, and programs, all of which offer additional information on the resources available to strengthen diversity in the nonprofit sector. This publication will be followed by two more reports: these subsequent publications will incorporate the views of leaders in the field, diversity experts, and professionals who work directly with the newest philanthropy strategies and models.

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