philanthropy.com 11 Jan, 2021 19:45 am

Fighting Racism Requires Nonprofits and Foundations to Learn How to Talk Openly About Injustice

Fighting Racism Requires Nonprofits and Foundations to Learn How to Talk Openly About Injustice
A new tool kit explains how to ditch the savior language and showcase the aspirations and common humanity of people at the center of philanthropic missions.

Yes, it’s essential for nonprofits and foundations to communicate about racism — clearly and courageously.For far too long, foundations and nonprofits have avoided the difficult work of creating communication practices aimed directly at dismantling discriminatory obstacles that harm the people and communities they serve.Foundations and nonprofits with admirable missions to do good, to be allies, and to help communities thrive have for decades communicated in ways that convey the opposite.Gramercy Research Group scanned the landscape for DEI literature and resources and examined the current state of racial-equity communications among foundations and nonprofits.

According to our survey, 56 percent of the communications professionals serving at foundations or nonprofits said diversity, equity, and inclusion were not significant components of their organization’s communications strategy.Organizations of every size and stripe have communicated their commitment to equity, inclusion, and justice through emails and public declarations on social media and on their websites.

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