Philanthropic Redlining: The Case for Funding Black Social Change

Why focus on anti-Black racism?

Why is it necessary to invest in Black-led social change?

What should philanthropy do?

Did you know that only 2% of funding from the nation’s largest foundation is specifically targeted to the Black community?

CLLCTIVLY is honored to welcome Susan Batten, President & CEO of ABFE and co-author of “The Case for Funding Black-Led Social Change.” Batten refers to the significant underinvestment in Black-led social change as, “Philanthropic Redlining” and calls for at least a 25 percent increase in giving by the nation’s largest foundations over the next five years, with emphasis on strengthening the infrastructure for Black-led social change.


The Black community needs to build the necessary institutional and political power in order to make Black lives matter and for the Black community to thrive in this country. This comes through strengthening and building a wide array of powerful Black-led social change organizations that are well resourced, connected and in partnership with allied organizations. In order to do this there needs to be an explicit focus on strengthening and cultivating Black-led power-building organizations, leaders, campaigns, cultural production, strategic analysis and narrative framing. The infrastructure for Black social change has diminished over the last several decades, in part due to the under-resourcing of Black-led social change organizations.

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