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FOUNDATIONS RESPOND TO CRISIS:
Toward Equity?

The disproportionate public health and economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on certain communities, along with nationwide protests against police violence and racial injustice, have intensified the calls for foundations to focus on equity and reckon with anti-Black racism in a deeper way than they had before. To what extent have staffed foundations changed their practices in 2020 in response to this push?

CEP surveyed and interviewed foundation leaders to find out. As this report, the second in the Foundations Respond to Crisis series, reveals, almost all foundations participating in CEP’s study report placing new, or more, focus on supporting Black, Latino, and lower-income communities; and most foundation leaders say they are reckoning with racism and paying greater attention to racial equity in their work.

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