How funders can address implict bias in grantmaking

– According to a report from the D5 Coalition, less than 7 percent of philanthropic dollars are directed toward people of color. As funders increasingly focus on equity and diversity, recognizing that their own grantmaking decisions may be affected by implicit biases is critically important. (SSIR, 12/1)

…In their effort to ensure that grant dollars go toward effective organizations, many philanthropists have adopted grantmaking practices that can actually perpetuate the unequal distribution of funds. For example, traditional grantmaking practice tends to favor organizations that have existing relationships with funders and dedicated development staff, which better position them to garner philanthropic support. As a result, less funding may make its way toward smaller organizations, many of which may be serving similarly under-resourced communities. Such implicit bias may lead some funders to fall short of their own goals to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion.

– Complex algorithms and new technology enable companies to use people’s social connections to assess credit-worthiness, a trend that can have a disproportionately negative impact on low-income people and people of color. (Atlantic, 12/2)

LGBTQ/EQUITY | In D.C., Trans Community Still Doesn’t Have A Seat At The Table, Activist Says (WAMU, 12/1)

ENVIRONMENT | There’s a mysterious four-mile long “oily plume” floating down the Potomac River near DC. (dcist, 12/1)

HEALTH/HOUSING | A new HUD rule to go into effect next year will ban smoking in public housing. (NY Times, 11/30)

EDUCATION/HOUSING | Not All Kids Benefit From Subsidized Housing (City Lab, 11/30)

NONPROFITS/RFP | The United Way of the National Capital Area has released the RFP for its FY17 Summer Strong DC grant competition. Click here for more information.

SOCIAL SECTOR | A new report from the Case Foundation looks at trends in how millennials engage with social causes. (Case Foundation, Nov. 2016)

Social Sector Job Openings

Executive Director | Philanthropy Network Greater Philadelphia – New!
Manager of the Do Good Accelerator | University of Maryland – New!
Grants Coordinator | La Clinica del Pueblo
BUILD Health Challenge Executive Director | de Beaumont Foundation
Director of Development and Communications | Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs
Manager of Communications | Do Good Institute, University of Maryland
Communications & Marketing Manager | The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region
Senior Advisor | Grantmakers for Effective Organizations
Donor Services Officer | The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region
Development Manager | ACT for Alexandria
President & CEO | Delaware Grantmakers Association

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