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

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

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 (112 pages, PDF) 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.