Cultures of Giving: Energizing and Expanding Philanthropy by and for Communities of Color

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January, 2012

Supporting organized charitable giving and leveraging resources within communities of color on their own behalf is essential for driving social change, a report commissioned by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation argues. Cultures of Giving: Energizing and Expanding Philanthropy by and for Communities of Color notes that identity-based funds (which pool contributions from donors and redistribute those funds through grants to individuals or organizations working for social change in that community) raise and disburse nearly $400 million a year. The report also notes that communities of color are growing in size, wealth, and rates of giving — as well as in terms of need. The report describes WKKF's Cultures of Giving program — which is designed to strengthen identity-based philanthropy through capacity building, network building, and donor engagement — and offers lessons learned, including the importance of trust and transparency. 

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