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Investing in Black-led Organizations

A new report presents key information gathered from Black-led organizations in King County.

August 17, 2020

By Diana Paredes, Senior Learning Manager, and Jonathan Cunningham, Senior Program Officer

In collaboration with Byrd Barr Place and Cardea Services, Seattle Foundation recently completed a report titled "The Case for Investing in King County’s Black-Led Organizations.” Between August 2019 and May 2020, the project team surveyed 41 Black-led organizations and interviewed 18 Black nonprofit leaders to learn about their priority issues, along with their self-identified strengths, funding challenges, and other vital information. The report presents key findings from this project.

Historically, philanthropy has underfunded Black-led organizations. Today Seattle Foundation is centering racial equity by promoting Black civic leadership through targeted grants to Black-led nonprofits in King County. As part of that broader effort, we hope Seattle Foundation philanthropists and other institutional funders use this report to gain greater insight into the role and priorities of local Black-led organizations and to mobilize resources to support them. We look forward to sharing it with our partners.

You may download or view the report itself here.



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