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Real Results: Why Strategic Philanthropy is Social Justice Philanthropy

Publication date: 
01/2013

NCRP reports that the current practice of strategic philanthropy typically favors short-term metrics, is largely disconnected from grantees and the communities these nonprofits serve, and usually lacks authentic feedback to inform the strategies. Unless grantmakers explicitly address the needs of underserved communities and invest in policy and community engagement – strategies long practiced by social justice philanthropists – they are unlikely to achieve their goals.

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Healthy Communities Matter: The Importance of Place to Boys of Color

Publication date: 
08/2010

This report from the California Endowment presents finding from a study of health disparities and trauma among African-American and Latino/ Hispanic boys, the underlying social inequality and negative neighborhood conditions, the need for a healing approach and best practices for overcoming disparities.

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Grants Roundup: Wells Fargo Offers $50 Million for Native American Groups

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12/06/2017

Wells Fargo & Company will award $50 million in grants over five years to American Indian and Alaska Native organizations that are working on economic, social, and environmental needs that affect native communities. Beginning in 2018, community-based, local nonprofits can apply for grants through the program’s three primary areas of interest: renewable energy and clean water; leadership training and career development; and programs to advance homeownership, low-cost housing, small-business development, and postsecondary education programs and scholarships.

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Lumina Foundation to Award $2.5 Million in Grants for “Addressing Hate”

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12/05/2017

Violence and racial chaos in Charlottesville earlier this year sparked a call to action for one philanthropic foundation dedicated to making post-secondary education accessible to all.

Mobilized to back words with action, Jamie Merisotis, president and CEO of the Lumina Foundation, announced Tuesday that the foundation will award $2.5 million in grants for community-building programs and initiatives that address racial justice issues at colleges and universities nationally.

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Future of Corporate Philanthropy: More Than Just a Check

Release Date: 
11/16/2017

The project was part of JPMorgan Chase’s Service Corps program, an example of how businesses can use their strengths to help solve social problems while also investing in employees’ professional development. Eric Schroeder, who manages the Service Corps, reveals that he works closely with HR to find candidates for these projects. Through a formal process, he says, “we target people with a track record of performance success.” The short placements focus on resolving specific issues, using the best people JPMorgan Chase has for the job.

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Legal Aid Society: Ensuring equal access to justice for all

Release Date: 
07/26/2017

The Legal Aid Society's main focus in 2017 is to continue securing diverse sources of funding that enable us to assist current clients, as well as preparing to respond to emerging needs in the community. We are in the process of establishing an “Investment in Justice” endowment through the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin counties, which we hope will attract potential donors beyond our dedicated core of supporters in Palm Beach County’s legal community.

A recently published study commissioned in 2016 by the Florida Bar Foundation found that each dollar in funding for legal aid organizations produced over seven dollars worth of economic impact benefiting their communities, and helped ease the burden on Florida’s court system. The Legal Aid Society is committed to continuing to bridge the “justice gap” so that low-income individuals have a voice and are able to address the critical legal issues they face that directly affect their families, homes, incomes, jobs and access to vital services.

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East Tampa Youth Host March to Stop Violence

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07/29/2016

Youth in the East Tampa community came up with the idea of a Unity March event and field day to send a message of violence prevention and to promote building strong families, safe schools and healthy neighborhoods. 

Safe & Sound Hillsborough, established in 2013, includes the mayors and police departments of Tampa, Plant City and Temple Terrace, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, the School Board of Hillsborough County, the 13th Judicial Circuit Court, the State Attorney's Office, the Public Defender's Office, Hillsborough County government, the Children's Board of Hillsborough County, the health department, the University of South Florida and numerous agencies and faith-based organizations that do vital work in our community.

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