We Must Address Power To Achieve Real Impact: A Letter to Peer Funders

February 17, 2021

Nathan Cummings frequently said that “nothing will ever be attempted if all possible objections must be first overcome.” That entrepreneurial guidance served us well in November 2017, when our Board took a major leap of faith to advance our mission of creating a more just, vibrant, sustainable, and democratic society. Breaking from foundations’ long standing […]

To expand the economy, invest in Black businesses

December 15, 2020

This article is from For the descendants of enslaved Africans in the United States, entrepreneurship represents more than just owning a business and pursuing the proverbial American Dream. Instead, the ability for Black people to participate in local, regional, and global markets represents a dream deferred by systemic racism and discrimination. Consequently, an analysis […]

It’s Time for a New Approach to Racial Equity

December 2, 2020

To see how companies continued their commitments below in 2021, we took an updated look at monetary commitments from November 1, 2020, to May 19, 2021, analyzing the announced financial commitments of more than 1,100 companies and philanthropic institutions. All in all, we found that during that time period, companies committed nearly $134 billion. Combined with […]

Opinion: The 2-cent solution to close the racial wealth gap: A call for U.S. companies to invest in Black communities

October 28, 2020

If just 2 cents of every dollar earned by U.S. corporations was reinvested in Black communities, the racial wealth gap would close at a pace and scale never before seen in this country. Referred to as “The 2% Solution,” this premise, championed by Vista Equity Partners founder Robert Smith is bold, yet simple. He proposes […]

Building supportive ecosystems for Black-owned US businesses

October 8, 2020

Black business owners have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic-linked economic downturn, partly because they were more likely to already be in a precarious position, including more likely to be located in communities with business environments that are more likely to produce poor business outcomes. Indeed, about 58 percent of Black-owned businesses were at risk […]

Investing to Advance Racial Equity: Second Edition

August 12, 2020

Since we published the first edition of this report in 2018, there has been a widespread increase in the general public’s awareness about structural racism and the many ways people of color have been systematically denied access to social and economic opportunity since the earliest days of European arrival to what is now the United […]

Fortune 100 companies commit $1.6 billion to fight inequality

July 3, 2020

The 100 largest U.S. companies have so far committed $1.63 billion to organizations fighting racism and inequality, according to company announcements and an Axios analysis. What’s happening: Since protests began over the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police officers, companies have released statements of support for black communities and pledged donations to […]

Have We Reached The Tipping Point In Racial Equity Investing?

June 15, 2020

In the past few weeks, racial equity and justice have been the central rallying cry, across the world. This has prompted many individuals and institutions to speak out against racial injustice, not least in the investing industry. On June 10, Confluence Philanthropy, a membership network of foundations and impact investors, launched a pledge for racial equity. The pledge […]

An Investors’​ Guide to Investing for Racial Equity

June 3, 2020

From taking a knee, to blacking out our social media, to raising our fists in protest, many of us are experiencing outrage, frustration, anguish and empathy for all that is unfolding in our country. From committing to learn about white privilege, to taking steps to dismantle systemic racism and white supremacy, to donating to organizations supporting racial […]

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