How a Racial Equity Lens Works: Relevant to ALL Groups

A racial equity lens reveals how race is relevant to all groups. “Like everyone,” said one program officer, “grantmakers sometimes fall back into very narrow definitions
of racial equity.” The white director of a community foundation serving a predominantly white region of the United States described the bewildered reaction of many local organizations when the foundation took on racial equity as a core focus. “People would tell us that racism was not a problem because there were no people of color in their community.” The foundation responded by trying to be as clear and explicit as possible about the relationship between racial equity and the foundation’s mission, asking grant seekers to respond to racial equity questions in their proposals, and offering grantees technical assistance in the form of anti-racism training.

Takeaways are critical, bite-sized resources either excerpted from our guides or written by GrantCraft using the guide's research data or themes post-publication. Attribution is given if the takeaway is a quotation.

This takeaway was derived from Grantmaking with a Racial Equity Lens.

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