In this historical moment, many of us in philanthropy are shaping our grantmaking to better support systemic transformation and advance racial equity. Black and people-of-color led organizations have recently delivered substantial wins for racial equity in schools across the country — from reforming discipline to fighting for safer and healthier in-person learning. These wins underscore the critical opportunity to support grassroots movements who are on the front lines of advancing justice. To paraphrase Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., how can funders help “bend the arc” toward racial justice in education?
The Schott Foundation for Public Education has worked with Candid over the past several months to critically examine the ultimate measure of education philanthropy’s priorities: where the grant dollars go. For the first time, thanks to this joint effort, we can view this philanthropic sector with an equity and justice lens, telling the story of what we prioritize as a sector and revealing blind spots in our collective response. This data has deepened Schott’s understanding, and we invite you to learn more and join us.
You’ll learn from this conversation:
1. The state of racial equity and racial justice funding for the K-12 education sector
2. The impact that current funding is — and isn’t — making to support transformational and systemic change
3. Clear action steps every funder can take to deepen your commitment to funding justice