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Philanthropy’s Rural Blind Spot

This timely analysis of shows how two aspects of distress—lack of human capital and economic disadvantage—predict communities’ likelihood of both applying for and receiving funding, explores the reasons for these inequities, and provides real-world examples of how funders can better serve these communities.

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Grantmaking with a Racial Justice Lens

Join the Philanthropic Initiative for Racial Equity (PRE) on March 10 for a training on Grantmaking with A Racial Justice Lens, a guide providing grantmakers with reflections, frameworks, and tools built from the direct experience of activists and funders for advancing racial justice in any philanthropic setting.

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The Commonwealth Fund’s Commitment to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

The Commonwealth Fund has announced an agenda for its $15 million Health Equity Action Fund – a major new initiative to advance equity in U.S. health care. Its goal is to contribute to efforts to dismantle systemic racism in health care policy and practice and counter inequity in treatment, patient experience, and health outcomes for Black people, Indigenous people, and people of color.

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Grants for Black Equity & Health Policy Advocacy

The California Wellness Foundation’s latest round of grants supports visionary Black-led and Black-empowering organizations, and statewide nonprofits working at the intersection of public policy, health equity and racial justice. Grants will support organizations addressing barriers to health and wellness in historically underinvested communities, including people of color, formerly incarcerated and homeless people, immigrants, women, and people with disabilities.

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Foundations Respond to Crisis: Toward Equity?

The disproportionate public health and economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on certain communities, along with nationwide protests against police violence and racial injustice, have intensified the calls for foundations to focus on equity and reckon with anti-Black racism in a deeper way than they had before.

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Advancing Racial Equity in the Corporate Sector

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation has launched Expanding Equity, a new program to transform corporate workplaces into more equitable places of opportunity.

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What Coloradans Experienced in 2020

A new Colorado Health Foundation poll reveals that the consequences of 2020 have not fallen on Coloradans equally. Read the foundation’s blog posts on the perspectives and experiences of Black Coloradans, Hispanic and Latino/x Coloradans, and Coloradans living on lower incomes, and use an interactive dashboard to dig deeper into the data.

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Race, Treatment Bias, and COVID-19

This new infographic from NIHCM Foundation explores the history of racial bias and discrimination in health care and during the pandemic, outlines short-term strategies to narrow disparities from COVID-19 and respond to vaccine hesitancy, and highlights long-term strategies to address systemic racism and improve health outcomes.

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Weaving DEI Into a Foundation’s Everyday Work

At The Colorado Health Foundation, we are relentlessly committed to advancing health equity and believe it exists when there are no avoidable, unfair or systemically-caused differences in health status. To live into this, we have implemented principles of diversity, equity and inclusion into our vision and cornerstones, and our daily operations. While we are not experts, we can offer a glimpse of what some of this experimentation looks like in practice in our grantmaking, evaluation, and communications functions.

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GIH Bulletin: October 2020

This year has placed a spotlight on many things, including the importance of leadership during times of crisis and uncertainty. I recently had the pleasure of welcoming the newest cohort of fellows to the Terrance Keenan Institute for Emerging Leaders in Health Philanthropy. We spent three afternoons together learning about each other’s leadership style, talking about how to foster more diverse and inclusive work environments, discussing how to advance health equity through the work of their foundations, and engaging community leaders in a discussion on power sharing and how to more effectively partner with community organizations to effect change.

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From Citizen-Led Ballot Initiative to Community-Centered Solutions for Mental Health and Substance Misuse

Our mission is to address Denver’s mental health and substance misuse needs by growing community-informed solutions, dismantling stigma, and turning the community’s desire to help into action. In less than one year of operation, we have funded 41 organizations and five City agencies and provided $17.3 million in funding to the Denver community.

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Health Equity: Our Way Forward …Through COVID-19 and Beyond

Eric Kelly, President, Quantum Foundation For health funders, it is essential that we realize that even given all of the unforeseen devastation of COVID-19, and the compounding social crises in its wake, many of our communities began 2020 already in a health crisis. These pre-existing conditions allowed a global pandemic that does not discriminate to…

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