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With support of the Ford Foundation, the Philanthropic Initiative for Racial Equity (PRE) and mosaic consulting embarked on an 18-month study into the ways select community organizations engage youth in confronting structural racism. For this report we use the definition of structural racism developed by the Aspen Institute Roundtable on Community Change: “The history, public policies,institutional practices, and cultural stereotypes and norms that together maintain racial hierarchies and inequitable racial group outcomes.”
Throughout the country, grassroots organizations are at work in communities large and small promoting racial justice and improved race relations. While their broad aims are often the same, many of these groups differ in their philosophies and employ widely differing methodologies. Too often, these groups avoid collaboration, foregoing the advantages it would bring because they are unable to see beyond their particular perspectives. Cultivating Interdependence is a guide for changing that dynamic. It builds on the anti-racism and related concepts outlined in Holding Up the Mirror, its predecessor volume. The guide also incorporates practical insights gleaned from the many community groups that attended the Joint Center’s four how-to forums (directed by the NABRE program), and offers specific recommendations on working with grantmakers.
PRE, in partnership with GrantCraft, developed Grant Making with a Racial Equity Lens to assist grantmakers in deepening their understanding and actions regarding race, ethnicity and equity. Highlighting practical strategies, the guide examines a multitude of ways to use a racial equity lens. From analyzing problems, understanding field or community, or developing a new program, the guide provides thoughtful lessons and stories based on real experiences from grant makers.