In October of 2015, I packed my bags and headed to sunny California to join over 3000 organizers, policy advocates, artists, academics, entrepreneurs, philanthropists and civic officials concerned with bringing equity to marginalized communities at . The summit was incredibly inspiring on a number of levels, and below are a few lessons that I’ll continue to reflect on over the next year:
, President and CEO of , inspired action when she read the organization’s aloud. Her soothing voice and clear, purposeful message magnetized everyone. She invited us to share innovative data and practices that could be used to overcome the gross inequalities adversely affecting marginalized communities of color. Hopes of realizing true equity and social justice in the communities we serve permeated the room.
Following Blackwell’s call to action, Dr. Raj Chetty, professor of economics at Stanford University, presented research findings from the. This data proves that the neighborhood where a child is raised is critical for predicting long-term outcomes, including economic mobility. When children, especially boys, grow up in racially segregated “,” as indicated in his report—they face the least economic upward mobility and the most dire life outcomes. Our collective outrage at these disparities smoldered.
Understandably, inequity stirs up anger and frustration. But, it is this fire that inspires youth activists and captivates philanthropists and policymakers alike
This rage was emboldened and channeled into an overwhelming feeling of optimism when Policy Link aired “,” featuring a poem by Mayra del Valle. When del Valle treated us to a live performance of “This is Our Moment,” it was met with a standing ovation. Her small frame and colossal message served as a rallying cry for the audience, demanding that we all bring our full selves to the task of creating equity by deepening our skillset, meaningfully networking and building unbreakable ties of solidarity. As a drummer and performer with an all-women’s Caribbean folk drum troupe,, I was heartened to see how social justice requires that we address culturally relevant ways of interacting with each other and of giving voice to our concerns and dreams.
It is through this interplay of poetry and dance performances, research, data sharing and candid conversations that we recognize each other’s humanity and learn to take care of it in holistic and dynamic ways. AFF recognizes that in order to best serve young people, we must be mindful of their lived experiences—taking into consideration the societal, personal, psychological, and material realities that impact their life—and engage in multi-sensory strategies that ignite movements.
Youth organizers from the,,,(who work with Lakota Native American communities),(AFF’s Florida-based youth organizing grantee partner) and a host of other youth-led movements captivated audiences throughout the summit. AFF actively supports youth organizing because we believe in the power of youth to direct their own lives and create the solutions they need to the obstacles they face. We also believe that youth organizing is an important component of a vibrant democracy. As a former youth organizer for environmental justice within theand, I whole-heartedly understand the power of youth organizing and the importance of collaboration with older generations.
I thought these insights revealed both the hard-earned stripes youth movement leaders possess and their commitment to bringing everyone in the community along. It was refreshing to witness the candid conversations between senior executives, youth organizers and leaders. I also found it refreshing how humor played a role in the dialogues, which shows how youth and elders can conscientiously build a multi-generational framework that requires reckoning with the present and co-creating the future. They defied the myths that youth are not interested in multigenerational movements or that elders are not thinking about passing on the torch.
Senior Program Associate | Andrus Family Fund
Today marks the 107th observance of International Women's Day. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, we'll have to wait until the 150th observance for the wage gap between men and women to close.
The women garment workers in New York City who marched on this day in 1857 and again in 1908 demanding safer working conditions, a ten-hour day, an end to child labor, and fair wages understood, as do movement leaders today, that we cannot wait. Not only is realizing gender equality in our economic, political, and social systems imperative to women's economic security, it is necessary for those systems to thrive.
More than a century after those demonstrations, media are celebrating what they're calling the Year of the Woman and trusting that Americans will finally recognize the importance of women's economic security. But how far have women come, really, if we continue to see gender-based economic disparities all around us? Could this be the moment when Americans finally stand up and insist that decision makers change policy and address the persistent economic inequality that women, and women of color in particular, have had to bear?
There is reason to be optimistic. We have a viable woman presidential candidate, and there is a very real possibility that the United Nations will have its first-ever woman secretary-general. In addition, women will decide the outcome of the next national election. According to the Voter Participation Center, in 2012 single women drove turnout in practically every demographic, and despite increasing voter suppression tactics that disproportionately target women of color's access to the polls, voter turnout was higher among African American women than any other demographic group. In the process, the national discourse around social, economic, and political disparities affecting women — much of it generated by social movements, community-based organizations, and social-justice philanthropy — has been elevated to a new level.
Philanthropy and community advocates have long pushed for economic security policies with a clear gender-justice frame. Many funders — including the NoVo Foundation and Ford Foundation — have provided crucial support for women's economic security and safety issues. For over four decades, the Ms. Foundation for Women, the oldest public women's foundation in the country, has played a critical and unique role in identifying and investing in new grassroots leadership and providing capacity building support to local women-led campaigns and initiatives.
Over the past several months, Surdna Foundation has begun to forge a partnership with the Ms. Foundation. In 2015, the Ms. Foundation invested in the development of a women's economic agenda in Mississippi through a partnership with the Mississippi Low-Income Child Care Initiative. Through the "Making Mississippi Women Secure" campaign, which held eight town hall meetings across the state, women and women of color deeply connected to Mississippi were able to provide their input and shape policy priorities that reflected their own lived experiences, including a focus on higher-paying jobs for women, affordable access to education, affordable child care, and other issues that have a profound impact on working women and women who want to work.
The partnership with the Ms. Foundation creates an opportunity for Surdna to refine and strengthen its organizational analysis on gender-based economic disparities and empowerment, including issues of job quality that directly impact women, particularly women of color. To that end, the foundation has begun to articulate its commitment to addressing economic insecurity faced by millions of low-wage women. For the past several years, Surdna has funded organizations that have been working to advance women's access to economic security through innovative campaigns that are transforming many sectors of the low-wage economy and broadening the scope of workplace policies.
That's why Surdna has invested in the National Domestic Workers Alliance and Restaurant Opportunities Center United (ROC United), two organizations dedicated to making industries like home health care and food service that primarily employ low-income women of color more equitable and economically secure. They have also succeeded in conferring dignity on work that is done by a too-often exploited workforce. Others have been moving local and state policy campaigns for earned sick days and family medical leave, and organizing and advocating on behalf of equal pay for caregivers.
This September, the work of Surdna and the Ms. Foundation's grantee partners will be amplified at a national Working Women's Power Summit where more than a thousand organizers, advocates, and civic leaders will gather to advance a comprehensive women's economic agenda that includes and addresses fair pay, paid sick and family leave, elder care and child care, health care, immigration, voting rights, and criminal justice reform.
With increased investment in women's funds and grassroots leadership, we can achieve gender equity in the economy. As Surdna and other funders move to further develop gender-based analyses of their economic justice funding, we are keeping in mind those marches of more than a century ago and how much farther we have to go.
William Cordery (@WilliamCordery) is a program officer in the Strong Local Economies program at the Surdna Foundation. Aleyamma Mathew (@Aleyamma17) is the director of the Women's Economic Justice Program at the Ms. Foundation for Women.
Created in 1917, the Surdna Foundation is a family foundation that has remained committed to a mission that captures its founder, John Emory Andrus’s beliefs: “Fostering sustainable communities in the United States guided by principles of social justice and distinguished by healthy environments, strong local economies and thriving cultures.” Aside from the mission however, little else about the foundation has remained the same.
Phillip Henderson, president of the Foundation since 2007, reflects that, “It’s been both an honor and a challenge to take on such an incredible legacy,” admits Henderson. “And it is no small task to keep Andrus’ vision alive and compelling to modern changemakers.” One of the unexpected struggles was simply explaining who Andrus was to his many far-flung descendants—and why his vision still matters a century later.
The Surdna team pushes themselves continuously and fearlessly to re-examine and re-interpret the organization’s philanthropic mission in the context of our time. The organization must work every day to answer several key questions—“What are the values espoused by the family? How do we make the work relevant, but still responsive to their values?”—then find ways to introduce new ideas and experiences (as well as challenging existing ones) to the foundation’s grantmaking.
Here are three examples of how the Surdna Foundation is creating its own fearless path forward:
In Henderson’s President’s letter from Surdna’s 2014 annual report, he reflects that “Foundations are uniquely independent [organizations]… we believe we are most likely to stay on track if we remain committed to constantly pushing ourselves to take risks and to innovate. But also to analyze our successes, and especially to admit to and examine our failures.”
He goes on to detail a pivotal fail forward moment for the Foundation and one of its grantees that would later help to define its overall strategy:
These days, Henderson would add, “You can call it failure or understanding. We approach the world assuming we don’t know everything about the future, so we try stuff. Some things will work well and some won’t. Most things we do don’t work out exactly as we imagined.” To get better at learning, including learning from failures, Henderson explains that “we are increasing the relative time, energy, and attention we allocate to the ’back-end’ of grant making—long after the award has been made but when the work begins to yield learning. This is where we will find out how we are making progress or if—and why—a project is coming up short.”
Like many other foundations Surdna has begun to explore impact investing and how it can deploy more of its capital toward its goal of achieving greater impact. We think of impact investing as the next step in what has been a long history of funding market-based strategies, along with policy and practice, to achieve the type of systemic social change we are focused on.
Several years ago, Surdna began implementing program related investments (PRIs)—an additional two percent of its endowment on top of the five percent it was already allocating for grant making annually. In the , the team shared examples of some of its early PRIs. “We made an exciting PRI to support people of color and women running small businesses that allowed entrepreneurs to access government contracts. We also invested in regional food distribution, giving small- and mid-scale food producers a way to sell locally and resulting in more urban neighborhoods with access to affordable, healthy food from their own regions.”
Leadership at Surdna goes on to state in the Annual Report, “And we’re now discussing how we might expand our impact investing even further—beyond PRIs—to include aligning our endowment with our mission. Our board is excited to explore using our investment capital—not just our grant dollars—to contribute to social change.
Henderson says that working collaboratively has allowed Surdna to pool its dollars, leverage partners and incentivize others, which ultimately grows the pot and helps the foundation scale up the transformative work being done by its grantees. One such example is Partners for Places, which is a matching grant program for national funders to invest in local community projects that promote a healthy environment, a strong economy and well-being for all residents. Surdna is one of six funders that support Partner for Places in an effort to encourage sustainability focused grantmaking. To date, Partners for Places has awarded more than $2.5 million across North America.
Through Surdna’s efforts to innovate with others, they have learned reaching beyond one’s bubble can ultimately help funders, grantees, policymakers and community leaders reframe how they work on issues, create new champions and ultimately deepen impact in the field.
“We’re paying attention all the time to who the other actors are in the space,” says Henderson of the ways Surdna exemplifies the Be Fearless principle of reaching beyond their bubble. “We’re not on the ground doing it, but rather we are identifying key innovators in that space and trying to give them funding and create connections.”
The Surdna Foundation’s embrace of a fearless approach has helped it stay true to its core mission while also allowing it to evolve for the next century of changemaking.
Becomes Vice President, Programs at 99-year old family foundation.
The Surdna Foundation announced today that Betsy Fader, a leader in the philanthropic and social enterprise sectors, with experience in building and managing organizations across issue areas, has been appointed Vice President, Programs. Betsy, who will begin on March 30, will report to Surdna’s President, Phillip Henderson.
Betsy will focus on implementing even greater collaboration across the foundation’s grantmaking programs and administrative areas to further increase the impact of its programmatic investments. The foundation’s strategic plan, or Roadmap, identifies collaboration as critical to its success and has aligned its systems and staff to support this type of work.
Betsy is the Advisor for Strategy and the Director of the Program on Biomedical Research Infrastructure at the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust. In her dual roles at the New York-based Trust, which she joined in 2012, Betsy works closely with the CEO on organizational development, internal processes and staff cohesion while also managing the $10+ million annual Program on Biomedical Research Infrastructure, which she developed. The program was designed, in part, to facilitate collaboration between the Trust’s health-related programs.
Phillip Henderson, commenting on the hiring of Betsy Fader, said, “We’re thrilled to have Betsy join the foundation. She not only knows the foundation world intimately, she’s also one of those rare and creative philanthropic professionals who is both an innovator with numerous successes to her credit, and an adept manager of complex organizations.”
Henderson continued, saying that Betsy’s embrace of equity aligns with the foundation’s mission and makes her the ideal addition to the foundation as it continues to learn how best to provide access to opportunity for those communities that have been marginalized by structural injustices.
In undertaking her new role, Betsy expressed, “The opportunity to support the work of the Surdna Foundation is enormously exciting to me. The organization has an impressive track record both as a leading family philanthropy and as a supporter of social justice. I am eager to offer my varied experience in the sector to enhance their outstanding work.”
Prior to her work at Helmsley, Betsy worked for more than 14 years at the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation (DDCF), serving most recently as Chief Program Officer. At DDCF she created the foundation’s grants programs focusing on child well-being and improved US-Islamic relations and also helped oversee the foundation’s work in the environment, performing arts and medical research. Before joining DDCF, Betsy was the executive director of Student Pugwash USA—an arm of the Nobel Peace Prize-winning organization – which focused on science and social responsibility. Early in her career, Betsy worked as a legislative assistant in Washington, DC, and as a parliamentary assistant in the U.K.’s House of Commons.
Betsy holds a Master's degree in Education and Social Policy from Harvard University and a B.A. in Political Science from Vanderbilt University, where she later served as a trustee. She served for 13 years on the board of Echoing Green, a global nonprofit that provides seed funding and technical assistance to emerging social entrepreneurs; and continues to serve on the Board of Power My Learning (formerly Computers for Youth), a national nonprofit that leverages technology to enhance the interactions among students, teachers and parents so that all students can succeed.
Betsy joins the Surdna Foundation as it prepares to celebrate the centennial of its founding in 1917 by philanthropist, elected official, and businessman John E. Andrus. Believed to be one of the oldest continuously family-governed foundations, Surdna (which is Andrus spelled backward) aims to foster sustainable communities in the United States—communities guided by principles of social justice and distinguished by sustainable environments, strong local economies, and thriving cultures.
About The Surdna Foundation
In the fiscal year ended June 30, 2015, the foundation approved $34.2 million in grants primarily through its three main programs: Strong Local Economies, Thriving Cultures, and Sustainable Environments. The foundation currently has $5.95 million in program related investments.
In December, Phillip Henderson, President of the Surdna Foundation, shared a captivating travelogue as part of the Cleveland Foundation's FRED Talks series. The event marked the 10th anniversary of the Greater University Circle Initiative, a collaboration among the city's leading anchor institutions, philanthropies, financial institutions.
Checks landing in the mailboxes of nonprofit organizations with foundation return addresses have long been considered philanthropy’s most important currency. Reflecting that view, family foundations have tended to focus their operations, self-image, and their very reasons for being on getting the dollars out the door.
The National Center for Family Philanthropy’s recent benchmark Trends survey seems to confirm this with the finding that by far the most common activity of family foundation boards is grantmaking deliberation: 90 percent of family foundations, regardless of age or size, indicate this is where they spend most of their time and energy. It’s not for nothing that the Surdna Foundation and thousands of other family foundations are called grantmakers: we make grants.
Read Phil Henderson's essay in Family Giving News
How can cities redeploy their economic development resources to focus on building a more inclusive economy grounded in broad, local ownership? How can policymakers get strategies like worker cooperative development the support and resources needed to reach truly meaningful scale? How can collaborations between communities, local government, and key institutional stakeholders build pathways to economic equity for the people left behind by the traditional trickle-down economic playbook?
These were the question on the agenda during the "Cities Building Community Wealth" gathering convened by The Democracy Collaborative on January 29th, 2016, at the CUNY School of Law in New York City. Hosted by CUNY Law's Community and Economic Development Clinic—a major partner in the coalition that has doubled the amount of worker cooperatives in NYCover the past year—and supported by the Surdna Foundation, the half-day event brought together mayors and heads of city economic development departments together with key allies and community advocates for a discussion of the emerging policy frameworks for creating more inclusive cities.
New report finds millions of Americans stuck in perpetual financial insecurity, a situation that is particularly dire for families of color as state and federal policies provide little relief, according to “2016 assets & opportunity scorecard”
Despite the nation’s on-going economic recovery, millions of low- and moderate-income Americans are perpetually forced to push an outsized boulder up a steep hill with little prospect of reaching stable financial ground, according to new research by the Corporation for Enterprise Development (CFED).
CFED’s 2016 Assets & Opportunity Scorecard concludes that today’s economic status quo offers little hope to these struggling families. Without sufficient income to cover basic needs such as housing, it becomes next to impossible to build up even a small amount of savings for unforeseen expenses or to plan for a more prosperous future.
The outlook is particularly dire for individuals and families of color, who are 2.1 times more likely to live below the federal poverty level and 1.7 times more likely to lack liquid savings. African American and Latino consumers also are significantly more likely to have subprime credit scores.
In October-December 2015, 37 grants totaling $10.37 million were approved by the Surdna Foundation staff and board to further the foundation’s mission of fostering sustainable communities in the United States – communities guided by principles of social justice and distinguished by healthy environments, strong local economies, and thriving cultures.
Strong Local Economies
Center for American Progress, Washington, DC - $50,000
To advance national messaging on improving labor standards for low-wage workers in order to advance policy solutions that reduce poverty, mitigate inequality and build stronger local economies. (1 year)
Fourth Sector Network, Raleigh, NC - $47,000
To support the planning process necessary to develop and launch a “Forth Sector” institute and continue to build out an ecosystem for this alternative business form. (1 year)
Living Cities, New York, NY - $2,000,000
For the Living Cities Blended Capital Fund
Ms. Foundation for Women, Brooklyn, NY - $200,000
To connect a national Women’s Economic Agenda (WEA), as well as support formation of WEAs in three states across the South, including continued work in Mississippi; increase access to quality jobs and entrepreneurship opportunities for women; and explore gender equity-based impact investing to advance women’s economic justice and security. (2 years)
National Black Worker Center Project, Oakland, CA - $190,000
To help the National Black Worker Center Project plan its work in two areas: 1) a national campaign to change the narrative concerning the causes and solutions of the Black job crisis; and 2) the expansion of the network from its current set of three affiliates to ten affiliates by the end of 2017. (2 years)
National League of Cities Institute, Inc., Washington, DC - $700,000
To host the Equitable Economic Fellowship with PolicyLink and the Urban Land Institute. (2 years)
New Orleans Startup Fund, New Orleans, LA - $45,000
To support PowerMoves@Miami launch at Black Tech Week in Miami. (1 year)
Vernon Avenue Project, Inc., Brooklyn, NY - $60,000
To strengthen the principal tool used to reconnect young people - job creation. The grant will be used to help subsidize developing businesses and salaries of youth and capacity building of the business with professional assistance. (1 year)
Wisconsin Jobs Now Organizing Foundation, Milwaukee, WI - $10,000
To 1) explore future investment opportunities for the Strong Local Economies program in Milwaukee; and 2) support WJN’s executive leadership and direction, as she emerges as a prominent voice in the national fight for job quality. (1 year)
Center for Social Inclusion, New York, NY - $400,000
To provide general operating support for CSI to build its capacity and regional presence. (2 years)
Eastern Market Corporation, Detroit, MI - $350,000
To support Eastern Market Corporation in deepening its impact as a food hub in the Midwest by providing economic development services to the Detroit community. A portion of this grant will be redistributed to support capacity building for EMC’s community partner, Food Lab Detroit. (2 years)
Energy Programs Consortium, Washington, DC - $100,000
General operating support for the further development of the Warehouse for Energy Efficiency Loans program in order to bring the project to self-sufficiency. (1 year)
Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy, Los Angeles, CA - $750,000
To expand the Jobs to Move America (JMA) policy into new regions, strengthen it where it has been used, support building the federal infrastructure that supports the policy, and grow the Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy’s national communications program to support the JMA agenda. (3 years)
Partnership for Southern Equity, Atlanta, GA - $100,000
To support Partnership for Southern Equity to provide capacity building to local and regional government agencies to develop and apply an equity analysis to investment decisions. (2 years)
Pittsburgh United, Pittsburgh, PA - $250,000
To continue supporting green infrastructure education, advocacy and engagement efforts to maximize environmental, social and economic benefits, especially for underrepresented communities. (2 years)
Public Advocates, San Francisco, CA - $450,000
To engage local and regional social justice advocates in California to shape and advance state policies that will align equity outcomes with investment in the built environment and infrastructure developments. (3 years)
STAR Communities, Washington, DC - $175,000
To support STAR Communities’ efforts to strategically increase U.S. cities participation in and application of the rating system; and develop new standards and tools to improve access to data collection. (1.5 years)
Transportation Choices Coalition, Seattle, WA - $525,000
To continue to support a statewide coalition in Washington to integrate equity and project performance metrics into transportation infrastructure decisions. (3 years)
Winrock International, Little Rock, AR - $375,000
To support the Wallace Center’s expansion of the National Good Food Network and build upon it through the development of a regional food economies working group, fellows program and strategic communications that expands the national dialogue to emphasize economic impact. (2 years)
Alternate ROOTS, Atlanta, GA - $300,000
For general operating support to enable ROOTS to offer artists direct support through its Artistic Assistance programs; host its annual ROOTS Week meeting and artists’ retreat for almost 250 artists; and host a series of regional gatherings, mini-retreats with workshops, performances and learning exchanges. (3 years)
Asian Arts Initiative, Philadelphia, PA - $225,000
Support for its public programming that provides an inclusive gathering place for open conversation, and a platform for action and community change, as well as their civic initiatives such as the Social Practice Lab artists-in-residence and the Pearl Street Project. (3 years)
Center for Cultural Innovation, Los Angeles, CA - $100,000
To support field engagement and dissemination activities related to Expanding Investments in Creatives, a 12-month study of contemporary support systems and the creative ecosystem for American artists. (1 year)
Center for Urban Pedagogy, Brooklyn, NY - $225,000
To support CUP’s core mission of collaborating on projects that demystify the urban policy issues that impact our communities, so that more individuals can participate in shaping them; and will allow CUP to create new partnerships outside NYC to reach new audiences and increase impact. (3 years)
Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance, Baltimore, MD - $50,000
For the incubation of the Urban Arts Leadership Program (UALP), a GBCA initiative to increase the diversity of the regional cultural workforce. The program offers aspiring administrators of color a pipeline for professional development, networking opportunities, and paid fellowship placements.
Hester Street Collaborative, New York, NY - $375,000
To support the ongoing growth and development of Hester Street Collaborative as a planning, design and development technical assistance and capacity building provider in New York City and nationwide. (3 years)
Local Initiatives Support Corporation New York City, New York, NY - $190,000
To develop, synthesize, publish and disseminate knowledge about arts-based community development strategies and results in low-income communities, drawing on the experience of LISC’s Creative Placemaking Initiative. (2 years)
Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, New York, NY - $90,000
To conduct activities that will help LMCC document, evaluate, and share the Arts East River Waterfront initiative with artists, partners, and other key stakeholders involved in building equitable and vibrant communities. (1 year)
Marwen Foundation, Chicago, IL - $200,000
To support Marwen Lab, a year-long program which offers 30 students intensive training in each participant’s chosen discipline, as well as regular studio critiques, artist statement workshops and college counseling. (3 years)
National Organization of Minority Architects Charitable and Education Foundation, New Orleans, LA - $20,000
To support the Design as Protest workshop at the 2015 NOMA Conference. (1 year)
New York Foundation, New York, NY - $450,000
To fund Neighborhoods First Fund to support community engaged planning with grants to community-based organizations and resource allies working in neighborhoods targeted for rezoning or major development by Housing New York. (3 years)
Pangea World Theater, Minneapolis, MN - $225,000
To support three of Pangea World Theater’s signature programs: 1) National Institute of Directing and Ensemble Creation, 2) Race, North and South on the Mississippi, and 3) Lake Street Arts!. (3 years)
Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, New York, NY - $100,000
To support the planning and development of USArtPartners, a new national collaboration between artists and other partners interested in social change. USArtPartners will make introductions, nurture connections, align systems, and curate a focused portfolio of five projects. (1 year)
Southwest Folklife Alliance, Tucson, AZ - $150,000
Funds are requested to strengthen the organizational capacity of Southwest Folklife Alliance to implement a strategic vision for scalable projects that support tradition bearers and build models of civic engagement cemented in heritage practices. (3 years)
Thunder Valley Community Development Corporation, Porcupine, SD - $300,000
To support the planning and design for second phase of the Thunder Valley CDC Regenerative Community Development. Community input with a particular focus on the engagement of local artists will inform how the spaces are designed and programmed. (3 years)
University of Detroit Mercy Detroit Collaborative Design Center, Detroit, MI - $225,000
To assist the DCDC to foster community collaborations and participatory community design with urban neighborhoods and communities that are often ignored or left out of the decision-making process. (3 years)
Young Chicago Authors, Chicago, IL - $225,000
To support Public Workshops, free year-round writing classes at YCA, and Crossing the Street, a youth poetry symposium. (3 years)
Flexible Grantmaking Fund
Sustainability Accounting Standards Board, San Francisco, CA - $150,000
General support for the development and dissemination of sustainability accounting standards to improve disclosure, resulting in better environmental, social and governance outcomes for society. (1 year)
frican-American workers continued to make notable employment gains in 2015, even as employment growth for whites and Hispanics slowed. The share of African-American adults with a job (i.e., the black employment-to-population ratio, or EPOP) has increased 2.5 percentage points since 2013—more than whites (0.5 percentage points) and Hispanics (1.6 percentage points). Over half of the increase in the African-American EPOP (1.4 percentage points) occurred in 2015, a slight acceleration from the previous year (in which the black EPOP increased by 1.1 percentage points). Meanwhile, employment gains for whites and Hispanics slowed from 2014 to 2015: the increase in the share of white adults with a job fell from 0.3 to 0.2 percentage points and the increase in the share of Hispanic adults with a job fell from 1.2 to 0.4 percentage points.
Read more in the Economic Policy Institute’s “Economic Snapshot”
Fostering sustainable communities in the United States — communities guided by principles of social justice and distinguished by healthy environments, strong local economies, and thriving cultures.