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Communities of color find more prominent role within philanthropy sector

Michigan-based Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services (ACCESS) is one of the grantees featured in a new report that examines the changing face of philanthropy.

As the U.S. population shifts – with ethnic and racial groups growing faster than the overall American population – the W.K. Kellogg Foundation finds the philanthropic landscape is rapidly changing to become as diverse as the country's population. "Cultures of Giving: Energizing and Expanding Philanthropy by and for Communities of Color," a new report commissioned by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation with major funding by the Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, shows how philanthropy is evolving, with some of the most significant growth stemming from identity-based philanthropy — a growing movement to spark philanthropic giving from a community on behalf of a community, where "community" is defined by race, ethnicity or gender.

ACCESS, which conducted the first research ever done on giving in the Arab American community, inspired Arab American donors to identify themselves as philanthropists who can give strategically and began laying the groundwork toward establishing the Arab American community's first ever identity-based fund.

This report explores current shifts within the philanthropy sector and showcases key learnings, best practices and successful models to promote and enhance philanthropy and giving among communities of color. It shares WKKF's journey so that others might learn from both its successes and mistakes, and it challenges fellow funders to consider new ways to collaborate with and advance the impact of identity-based philanthropy to positively impact the country's most vulnerable children and families.

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