“Philanthropy is commendable, but it must not cause the philanthropist to overlook the circumstances of economic injustice that make philanthropy necessary.”
– Dr. Martin Luther King –
We believe that investments made strategically and thoughtfully to address issues in our community are far more impactful than “checkbook” charity. Beyond making us feel good, intentional philanthropy solves problems, builds assets and provides a return to the people it serves.
To support your intentional philanthropy, we provide the following services to support community foundations, individual donors, large funds, and others who collectively seek to take a tactical approach to make a difference.
Affinity Giving Data and Research
In order to have a clear picture of the landscape of intentional investment opportunity, investors need data. We offer national and reports which provide high level data to show trends in giving and philanthropic investment by affinity groups.
Our research teams can create tailored reports for your community with a lens on specific giving trends. Affinity Giving Data and Research Includes Giving Black reports, Giving Cities reports, Giving Regions, Giving Women, etc.
Most Important Issues Facing the Black Community in Boston
Economic EquityLivable wages, eradicating poverty, affordable housing
Educational EquityClosing the achievement gap, ending the school to prison pipeline
Health Equity• Access to care
• Parity in research funding
Environmental EquityProtecting health through toxic waste regulation, equal access to “green” jobs
Arts EquitySupport for black culture and arts, programs for black in the arts
LGBTQ EquityGay and lesbian rights
Coming Soon: Giving Black Cincinnati Report (July 2018)
The Greater Cincinnati Foundation has been working hard to understand how we can best serve our community to ensure a region where everyone can thrive. Black philanthropy has been deeply ingrained in our culture from the time we arrived on American soil – but has not been top of mind when thinking of mainstream philanthropy.
We are eager expand our knowledge with data and qualitative research about diverse donors and to increase the impact of our collective work. Giving Black is a timely initiative to shed new light on the donor diversity and philanthropic behaviors of Black philanthropists in our region.
We provide tailored expert support and associated tools and resources that can be used in in developing and executing effective intentional philanthropy.
By engaging our IPI team, you can receive guidance on how to power your intentional investment strategy – which approaches are right for your community or individual focus and how to create the biggest impact. Recent project support has included:
- Analysis and recommendations for refreshed vision, mission and giving focus
- Evaluation of vehicles for giving
- Joint venture with publishing company to provide literacy support to Black Community Centers
- Development of Giving Circle for youth
- Workshop series to develop more effective board and executive team
Workshops and Support
Tailwind Workshops and IDEAS Forums
Workshops to power their strategic thinking and inspire new ideas. Some workshops are open to the public and some are limited to clients and/or NEBiP members.
Convening on Race and Economics (CORE) Workshop
Partnership with renowned thought leaders to discuss trends, conditions and impediments in economic security for Black America; opportunities to improve Black and build Black assets.
Black Donor Convenings
Regional meetings of Black Funds in RI, MA, CT to discuss collaboration.
Giving Boston Research Report Release
Fall 2018 release of data in Giving Boston Research Report. In partnership with the New England Latinos in Philanthropy, The Latino Legacy Fund, Asian American and Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy, The Boston Women’s Fund, and others to produce the first in-depth, cross-racial and gender analysis of donor attitudes and behaviors in the Boston metropolitan area.
Martha’s Vineyard Summer Film and Panel Discussion
Held in August to preview films and discuss topics relevant to Black Philanthropists.
For information about upcoming public forums, please visit our Events page.
Additional Research and Resources
The Business Case for Racial Equity, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, April 2018
Racial Inequities, Policy Solutions: Perceptions of Boston’s Communities of Color on Racism and Race, Hyams Foundation and MassInc., March 2018
Inclusive Procurement and Contracting: Building a Field of Policy and Practice, Emerald Cities and PolicyLink, March 2018
Supporting Small Businesses to Do Well and Do Good in the 21st Century, Chris Schildt, January 2018
The Nonprofit Racial Leadership Gap in Massachusetts: A Race to Lead Brief, Barr Foundation, 2018
Women in the Workplace 2017, McKinsey & Co., October 2017