Underserved Communities & Your Grantmaking Priorities

Whatever your foundation’s grantmaking focus, there are likely unique ways that your issues of interest affect communities of color, LGBT communities, and women and girls. The CHANGE Philanthropy core partners have developed a number of reports and briefings that articulate unique needs and opportunities related to integrating underserved communities in various issue areas:

Funders for LGBTQ Issues has produced several reports on how funders can address the needs of LGBTQ communities in various issue areas: Vital Funding,on funding to address LGBTQ health disparities; Pathways Forward,on funding to address LGBTQ immigration issues; and the Out in the Southseries of reports on funding to strengthen LGBTQ communities in the U.S. South across a range of issues.

ABFE’s Black Factsseries provides data on the disparities that Black communities face in issue areas such as education, employment and workforce development, criminal justice, wealth and asset building, and health and well-being.

Native Americans in Philanthropy’s Native Voices Risingreport provides recommendations for funders interested in funding Native-led organizing, including an analysis of opportunities in specific issue areas such as environmental justice, media, and voter engagement.

Hispanics in Philanthropy has developed several reports on opportunities for funders seeking to address the needs of Latino communities in specific issue areas: HIP to College 2012-2015,on funding strategies for improving Latino student success; and The Right to Dream,on promising practices around Latino men and boys.

Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy’s Widening the Lens on Men and Boys of Colorprovides a detailed analysis of the many unique needs faced by Asian American/Pacific Islander men and boys of color. AAIP has also published a report on aligning public and private investments in Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Communities.

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