The Center for Effective Philanthropy: What Does Philanthropy Sound Like, Part One: Learning from Donors of Color
The Center for Effective Philanthropy – October 4, 2022
By Isabelle Leighton
When Donors of Color Network (DOCN) was formed to nurture a joyful community prepared to shift the center of gravity in philanthropy, we knew that image had to change — we had to be able to see the people and stories behind the money. We needed to focus on the relationship instead of the transaction.
“Philanthropy Always Sounds Like Someone Else: A Portrait of High Net Wealth Donors of Color” (Portrait Report) is a qualitative research report based on the individual narratives of over 100 high-net-worth donors of color. These interviews revealed deep-rooted giving practices and community ties that ran counter to what the mainstream narrative says about philanthropy and wealth. Donors of color are an untapped power source already in place to shift philanthropy toward racial equity. Here, we’d like to share a few lessons learned from conducting Portrait Report research.
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