Racial Equity in Philanthropy Fund

Background

The REP Fund is premised on the belief that advancing racial equity and reflecting the diversity of U.S. society as a value is necessary to philanthropic sector effectiveness. While there have been attempts over the years to meaningfully address racial equity in philanthropy, there is still progress to be made in increasing racial diversity in leadership positions and resources directed at explicitly ending structural racism.

The REP Fund’s vision is to promote grantmaking strategies that prioritize structural change and ending racial disparities as the norm in philanthropy. We believe that a more nuanced approach to philanthropy that responds to the specific needs of communities will more directly close gaps in opportunity, achievement, and resources for people of color and ultimately improve living conditions for all people.

The REP Fund is a collaborative effort of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and the Ford Foundation and builds on each institution’s efforts in the philanthropic sector.

Grantmaking Model

The goal of the REP Fund is to build the enduring capacity of the field of philanthropy to advance racial equity. The fund’s first step on this journey is to focus on philanthropy-serving organizations. These organizations, which offer research, learning opportunities, and best practices to the philanthropic sector, have the reach and influence to change policies and practices to ensure that racial equity is embedded in the cultural norms of the field.

The REP Fund provides general operating and project support grants to philanthropic-serving organizations. As a cohort, grantees will provide in-depth training on racial equity, engage in research and data collection, develop communication strategies around policy issues that disproportionately impact communities of color, and participate in convenings where they can learn from each other and explore approaches to amplify their collective impact.

Understanding the importance of collective learning and with the intent to reach all types of philanthropic bodies, the REP Fund’s grantees fall in various parts of the racial equity spectrum, from beginning stages to advanced stages.

Funding Priorities

The REP Fund’s grantmaking priorities centers race while also looking at how other aspects of identity, such as gender, sexual orientation, immigration status, class, and ability, further shape unique experiences of racism. Recognizing that philanthropy is often organized around specific issues and communities, the REP Fund’s grantmaking strategy will strengthen the racial equity practices of organizations that work across a wide range of areas to expand the potential for impact throughout the sector.

See our grantees page for further examples of organizations supported by this fund.

Supporting the Racial Equity in Philanthropy Fund

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