Resources for Funding Racial Justice

These past few weeks have been challenging, but also hopeful, times for those of us who care about racial justice, ending systemic racism and developing more humane and accountable policing/public safety systems.

To learn more about these issues, and how you can support racial justice and Jews of color in your philanthropy, we encourage you to check out the resources below:

From the JFN Archive

Video: Civil Discourse, Civil Rights, and the Jewish Community—A New Conversation (2017)
How can we adapt and grow relationships that are partnerships, that ask and answer the tough questions raised by both the Jewish and civil rights communities, and that build new and present ties? Speakers: April Baskin (now with the Jewish Social Justice Roundtable); David Bernstein, of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs; and Jennifer Langton of the Amy Mandel and Katina Rodis Fund.

Video: Jews of Color and the Jewish Community (2016)
Learn about the opportunities, advocacy, programming and vistas that Jews of Color are creating for themselves and for the Jewish community at large, as well as the challenges that Jews of Color contend with when engaging in the Jewish community. Develop new skills for being inclusive of Jews of Color in your life, organization and with grantees. Leo Ferguson of Jews for Racial & Economic Justice; Chava Shervington of Jewish Multiracial Network; M. Dov Kent,of Jews for Racial & Economic Justice; Michael Hirschhorn of Jacob and Hilda Blaustein Foundation.

From Other Jewish Organizations

Resource List from Jews of Color Field Building Initiative: A compilation of listening, action and healing-focused resources from the national organization leading and advancing the professional, organizational and communal field for Jews of Color.

Be’chol Lashon Resources: Education and action steps offering an important place to start listening to Black Jewish voices. Be’chol Lashon raises awareness about the racial, ethnic and cultural diversity of Jewish identity and experience. 

Repair the World: A Moment to Learn and Take Action: A few ways you can take action today, by learning and supporting the fight for racial justice.

T’ruah: Resources on Police Brutality Protests and the Black Lives Matter Movement

Bend the Arc: Suggested Actions to End the War on Black Lives 

Philanthropy-Specific Resources & Articles

Grantmaking with a Racial Justice Lens (Philanthropic Institute for Racial Equity): This guide addresses how to align operational practices to both reduce racial inequity and advance racial justice. The guide centers what racial justice activists want funders to know and features experienced funders’ stories and how-to tips on advancing foundation practices to achieve racial justice.

Racial Equity Implications of the COVID-19 Pandemic: Opportunities for Philanthropic Response (The Bridgespan Group): This memo elaborates on how the pandemic disproportionately affects communities of color and suggests opportunities for philanthropists to address inequities as they respond. It builds on Bridgespan’s “Opportunities for Philanthropic Response to the COVID-19 Crisis” and on its research on racial equity in philanthropy. 

In Philanthropy, Race Is Still a Factor in Who Gets What, Study Shows (New York Times)

Racial Equity Needs to Be More Than Philanthropy’s Catchphrase (Chronicle of Philanthropy)

Authoritarian State or Inclusive Democracy? 21 Things We Can Do Right Now (Eric Ward in Medium)

64 Black Foundation Leaders Tell Philanthropy to Go Big in Response to Pandemic and Police Killings (Chronicle of Philanthropy)

How a New Organization Will Empower Women of Color in Fundraising and Philanthropy (Inside Philanthropy)

Amid Demands for Change, Here’s How Philanthropy Can Back Underfunded Black-Led Groups (Inside Philanthropy)