PRE recognizes that there are a broad range of effective programs and practices to address racial inequities. There is an increasing level of sophistication within the racial justice field and much more awareness of which approaches meet which needs best.
Whether we are talking about ways to engage communities or ways to engage foundation staff and boards, PRE understands the importance of meeting people where they are on their own continua of learning and comfort level in addressing what can often be difficult and controversial issues. We also recognize that peer learning and support can be critical when facing these challenges, and we work to provide the space and tools that will allow this to happen.
PRE seeks to build both financial and programmatic resources to combat racism through the following strategies:
Providing opportunities for grantmakers to learn and strategize about cutting-edge racial equity issues and how they apply to their work within various fields;
Increasing grantmakers’ understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of different racial equity efforts, and assisting them in assessing their own grantmaking;
Engaging in internal assessments of foundations’ institutional needs around racial equity and diversity, and coordinating or adapting tools to most effectively meet them;
Consulting with cornerstone nonprofits that explicitly address issues of racism to strengthen their capacity, increase coordination and impact; and
Assisting local community leaders and funders identify and sustain effective approaches to achieve racial equity.
Please note that due to limited staff time and resources, PRE is not able to provide technical assistance to organizations seeking individual fundraising advice. In addition, PRE is not a grantmaking institution. For information on grant opportunities, visit the Foundation Center website.