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Report: Philanthropies examining equity and past actions

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Monday, March 4, 2024   

A new report examines how philanthropy in and around Virginia came at the expense of Black people.

The "Cracks in the Foundation" report noted various disparities deprived Black people of wealth-building opportunities.

Virginia's Prince Edward County was one of several places involved in the Brown v. Board of Education decision leading to school desegregation. But rather than abide by the Supreme Court's decision, the county closed schools for several years.

Linda J. Mann, co-founder of the African American Redress Network, said Virginia's use of micro-level reparations was a unique way to redress this past inequity.

"A state recognized that they made practices and policies that resulted in a specific harm, in this case, the denial of education," Mann explained. "Almost 50 years later comes up with a reparative process through the Commonwealth, through legislation to repair that harm by offering a scholarship program."

In 2005, the state provided scholarships for those affected by the closure to complete their education. Mann noted some practices might continue perpetuating certain disparities. While the methods might be unintentional, she feels rethinking how to do business can start organizations on the path to a more equitable future.

The report calls for a five-point action plan for how organizations can engage in a restorative process for their practices. The points are: reckon, connect, repair, decolonize, and advocate.

Katherine Ponce, special projects research manager for the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy, outlined some ways it can be done.

"Basically, we believe that all foundations should think about the origin stories," Ponce emphasized. "How is your money made? That would be a huge shift in our sector, to acknowledge how we have the surpluses of wealth that sit in endowments."

Once the initial work is done, foundations should begin connecting with those who are harmed, Ponce advised. She noted much of the restorative work organizations need to do should be done in partnership with the communities to ensure the reparations are what they want.

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