The Problem of Hate
Hate-related violence has been on the rise for several years in the U.S., as have extremist groups whose work targets specific communities based on race, ethnicity, and other characteristics. Even before the recent violent attempt to take over the U.S. Capitol raised these issues to a new level of awareness, our members have been actively engaged in finding ways to make sure that their values of fairness and equity are reflected in their funding practices. Over the past few years, members have shared their approaches and asked for additional resources in addressing these issues, especially the funding of hate groups that operate as legitimate 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations.
A New Project to Align Values and Practice
In response, we are launching a new Values Aligned Philanthropy project this month, funded by the Gill Foundation. The first phase of the project includes listening to members and doing a deep dive into existing resources in order to create a landscape analysis that we will share with the field. In the second half of 2021, we will create a repository with model policies, research, and other resources to support the many different types of foundations the Council serves.
For more information, please contact Nidale Zouhir at Nidale.Zouhir@cof.org. We look forward to sharing what we learn and hope to provide the support that you need to help ensure that funding decisions align with organizational mission and values.
This work is made possible through the generous support of the Gill Foundation.