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Reflecting on the Past to Transform the Future: Lessons Learned from Grantmaking in Promoting Health Equity and Responding to Crisis

August 1, 2020

Some of the Kellogg Foundation's journey in health programming is illustrated in this Health Legacy essay. Additionally, three key international and national gatherings on the social determinants of health brought together health experts and community-based leaders to share models and lessons across gender, age, cultures, populations, geographies and institutions.These proceedings highlight a growing understanding of the interdependencies that shape community health:Salzburg Seminar: The Social & Economic Determinants of the Public's Health, April 2000Salzburg Seminar: The Social & Economic Determinants of the Public's Health, October 2001Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities: Schools of Public Health Respond as Engaged Institutions, WKKF's 75th Anniversary Seminar on Public Health, April 2005As COVID-19 crossed the globe and led to closed international borders and stay-at-home orders, it has engendered a public health crisis unlike any other in generations. The pandemic highlights what has long been present yet invisible to many. Now the call for action to address health inequities is gaining traction in ever-widening circles. Given our longtime work with communities, experiences in emergency grantmaking and partnership with researchers and advocates to address health and social inequities, we offer the following framework and lessons from our journey.


Grantmaking With a Racial Justice Lens : A Practical Guide

December 1, 2019

The new Grantmaking with a Racial Justice Lens: A Practical Guide, written by PRE Senior Fellow Rinku Sen and Executive Director Lori Villarosa with contributions from Maggie Potapchuk, Lisa McGill, and Makani Themba, provides grantmakers with reflections, frameworks and tools built from the direct experience of activists and funders for advancing racial justice in any philanthropic setting.

Minorities, Social Inclusion, Multiculturalism

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: The Pillars of Stronger Foundation Practice

October 3, 2019

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: The Pillars of Stronger Foundation Practice is the first report emerging from the Stronger Foundations initiative. It sets out nine characteristics of excellent practice in a foundation, which include collecting data on diversity, implementing DEI practices in funding activities, and making itself accountable to those it serves and supports. 

Ethical issues and Good Practices

Post-2020 EU Roma Strategy: The Way Forward

June 1, 2019

The 2011 EU Framework for National Roma Integration Strategies (the EU Roma Framework) set ambitious goals to close the gap between Roma and non-Roma in education, employment, housing, and health, as well as to protect Roma against discrimination. While there have been many achievements since 2011, the EU Roma Framework has failed to reach its goals in all policy areas, including combating discrimination. Its objectives were unrealistic and did not consider crucial missing elements.This report recommends the creation of a fully-fledged strategy on Roma and the EU, not just a framework, and how to make future goals more concrete and achievable.

Minorities, Social Inclusion, Multiculturalism

Re-Claiming the Narrative for Social Change : Mapping a Philanthropic Response

March 1, 2019

This report provides the results of a broad stroke mapping of initiatives supported by various European and American philanthropic bodies. These initiatives aim to leverage the power of strategic communications, and in particular, effective narratives, to counter the closing of civic space and to achieve positive social change. It is intended as a real-time snapshot of ideas and approaches to capture what is being done and where, identify gaps, and share learning on new pathways and solutions for narrative change. The mapping includes some initiatives that fall outside the philanthropic community but which have potential for further exploration and/or adoption.

Communication and Public Relations; Gender and Women; Human Rights, Citizenship, Democracy; Minorities, Social Inclusion, Multiculturalism

The Governance Gap : Examining Diversity and Equity on Nonprofit Boards of Directors

January 1, 2019

Data from BoardSource's report, Leading with Intent 2017, indicates that 27 percent of nonprofit boards do not include a single person of color, and the nondiverse boards, only 10 percent said diversity was a high priority in board recruitment.Koya's report examines how and why this gap persists, with the aim of giving leaders actionable strategies for increasing board diversity. The report explores:Obstacles to increasing diversity on boards of directorsWhat's working and what's not, from real-world experiences of nonprofit boardsConcrete steps board members can take to move toward diversity and inclusion

Ethical issues and Good Practices; Governance, Boards and Strategy; Minorities, Social Inclusion, Multiculturalism

The Impact of Diversity : Understanding How Nonprofit Board Diversity Affects Philanthropy, Leadership, and Board Engagement

February 1, 2018

Diversity on nonprofit boards in the United States has been widely studied. A great deal of research has focused on this area, exploring topics such as the level of diversity, the motivations for increased diversity, and the benefits diversity seems to deliver. Despite such research, little is known about how increasing the diversity on nonprofit boards affects board engagement and impact. This study addresses this gap by answering two questions:which organisational attributes correlate with board diversity?How is board diversity related to organisational action?

Ethical issues and Good Practices; Governance, Boards and Strategy; Minorities, Social Inclusion, Multiculturalism

Nonprofit Diversity Efforts : Current Practices and the Role of Foundations

January 1, 2018

Based on survey responses of 205 leaders of nonprofit organizations with annual expenses between $100,000 and $100 million, this study provides a collection of data on topics such as how diversity relates to the work of nonprofits and what demographic information nonprofits and funders alike are collecting — and how that information is used.The data in this report can inform foundation leaders and staff as they consider how they can most helpfully engage with their grantees on the topic of diversity.

Gender and Women; Grantmaking and Programme Management; Minorities, Social Inclusion, Multiculturalism

Seeking an Inclusive Europe : Foundation Grantmaking for Countering Ethnic and Religious Bias and Xenophobia

February 1, 2017

This report intends to respond to ongoing discrimination and increasing violence and the need for greater cultural understanding, inclusion, and equity in Europe. It enables foundations active in addressing bias and promoting social change and rights across Europe to understand their grantmaking priorities in the context of the larger funder community. For foundations that want to become active, it offers numerous examples of approaches funders are taking to address these issues.

Foundation Sector, History and Analysis; Human Rights, Citizenship, Democracy; Minorities, Social Inclusion, Multiculturalism

State of the Work: Stories from the Movement to Advance Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

April 1, 2016

D5's Final State of the Work highlights voices of leaders in the field who share their stories of change and progress.  Some are longtime advocates; some are newer enthusiasts. Each of them shares a perspective on what has worked and what challenges remain as they lead their institutions through changes to meet the demands of a new America.This final report catalogs the stories that tell of human impact and human struggle to create a more equitable philanthropy.

Ethical issues and Good Practices; Minorities, Social Inclusion, Multiculturalism

Funding Indigenous Peoples: Strategies for Support

November 6, 2015

In "Funding Indigenous Peoples: Strategies for Support," we look at how funders collaborate with and bring support to indigenous communities around the world. Through examples from a diverse range of foundations, we will explore how grantmakers work with indigenous peoples, the approaches they take, and the practices they find effective. This guide relies on information from over 25 interviews, a GrantCraft survey, and existing resources. A definitions page offers explanation of key terms in the report. Information derived from historic events or other published work is compiled in the closing section.

Grantmaking and Programme Management; International Affairs, Global Challenges

Ethnic Origin and Disability Data Collection in Europe : Measuring Inequality - Combating Discrimination

November 1, 2014

This report has been published in the framework of the Equality Data Initiative (EDI), which aims to develop research on, and increase awareness of, the need for data regarding specific minority groups in the European Union.Reliable data is needed to ensure equality and actively fight discrimination. Data does this by measuring inequalities and allowing the development of positive solutions to inequality such as targeted social policies. Data also allows us to monitor whether these measures work.The Equality Data Initiative (EDI), initiated by the Open Society Foundations, is implemented in collaboration with the Migration Policy Group and the European Network Against Racism. Its goal is to enhance the measurability of (in)equality for groups at risk of discrimination.

Minorities, Social Inclusion, Multiculturalism

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