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Open Letter from Joint Affinity Groups in philanthropy

February 17, 2009

The Chronicle of Philanthropy‘s recent Feb. 12th edition carried an ad with an open letter by the “Joint Affinity Groups,” or JAG, a consortium of nine identity-based affinity groups in philanthropy, including AAPIP – Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy. JAG believes that foundation grantmaking inherently promotes structural inequality, and while great steps have been taken to diversify foundation staffs and grantmaking practices, much remains when it comes to social justice issues.  JAG has been reaching out to do education and research on promoting inclusiveness and equity among foundations.

I googled some of the initiatives mentioned in the letter and was really impressed by this one, Diversity in Philanthropy.  If you have a moment, sign up for their e-newsletter, visit their blog, or take their survey.  They seem to be doing some interesting work around diversifying grantmaking and giving.

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