The Center on Community Philanthropy at the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service has received a major grant totaling $600,000 over three years from the Racial Equity in Philanthropy (REP) Fund. The REP Fund, based at Borealis Philanthropy, was created by the Ford Foundation and W.K. Kellogg Foundation to catalyze a strategy for advancing intersectional racial equity throughout the philanthropic sector.
“We believe this will further the work of the Center to assist individuals, institutions, nonprofits and philanthropic organizations to understand that strengthening communities requires a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion,” said Dr. Charlotte Williams, Director of the Center on Community Philanthropy. “We are excited about the partnership with Borealis Philanthropy, Ford Foundation, and W.K. Kellogg Foundation. We know this work is challenging, but the rewards are well worth the investment.”
This funding comes as a part of the ongoing effort of The Center to prioritize and promote philanthropic approaches that stem from leader assets, emphasizing concepts that often are misunderstood, ignored or mishandled such as race, privilege and implicit bias.
“We very much appreciate the support from the REP Fund to enhance the work of the Center on Community Philanthropy,” said Clinton School Dean James L. “Skip” Rutherford III. “The work of our Center educates and inspires individuals on how they can contribute to change in their communities and within their organizations.”
Racial Equity in Philanthropy (REP) The REP Fund is a donor collaborative based at Borealis Philanthropy and currently includes support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and the Ford Foundation. The REP Fund builds upon the work of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s Strong and Effective Sector portfolio and the Ford Foundation’s Philanthropy portfolio with its own grantmaking strategy.
Launched in 2007, the Clinton School Center on Community Philanthropy is a groundbreaking venture focusing its teaching, research and leadership development exclusively on the emerging field of sharing and giving in a community context.