Advocating for Racial Equity: The Long Journey Continues

Advocating for Racial Equity: The Long Journey Continues

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For multiple reasons, everyone in America needs to read the powerful op-ed that Tamara Copeland, President of the Washington [D.C.] Regional Association of Grantmakers, recently wrote in The Chronicle of Philanthropy: “How Philanthropy Can Work to Give All Black Men an Opportunity to Succeed.

First, foremost, and above all else, it should be read for its content — the human cost of racism demands everyone’s attention. Tamara’s opening sentence provides access to additional important readings: the recent New York Times article, “Extensive Data Shows Punishing Reach of Racism for Black Boys,” and the executive summary of the study that the article discusses, titled Race and Economic Opportunity in the United States, released by the Equality of Opportunity Project just last month.

Beyond the content, those of us in the 501(c)(3) community reading Tamara’s piece should also consider how her op-ed uses research and analysis as an effective form of nonprofit advocacy. Deployed properly, research and analysis can be a powerful advocacy tool for substantiating an issue, translating it to relevancy, identifying solutions, and mobilizing action. Or, as we say at the National Council of Nonprofits, the organization I lead: “What’s the problem? What are the solutions? Let’s get it done.”

Read the full article at the Center for Effective Philanthropy's blog

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