The Sillerman Center Funds Heller Professors to Delve into Racial Equity
Professors Laurie Nsiah-Jefferson and Jeffrey Prottas have been funded to co-lead the implementation of a case study within the Praxis Project on “movement support” for community based racial equity organizations. This model encompasses utilizing funding expressly provided to the Praxis Project, from national foundations, to support the growth and development of community-based organizations that focus on racial equity.The investigation will examine the processes and outcomes of this strategy as a way to accelerate racial equity. The Sillerman Center for the Advancement of Philanthropy, whose mission is to strengthen social justice philanthropy, is funding this project as part of a strategy to broaden the research portfolios of Heller faculty to include research on philanthropy and to add knowledge to the field.
Some questions that will be explored in the field work are:
- What is the relationship between the funders and the Praxis Project in reference to this project?
- What was the impetus for this relationship?
- How does the Praxis Project decides what organizations and projects they will support?
- What are the challenges and opportunities of this strategy for the Praxis Project?
- Are their similar models across the country?
- Are their opportunities for replication?
- Does this strategy provide strong and impactful outcomes for communities regarding racial equity?
Elenore Garton, Reviewer for Foundation Review, Vol. 2, Issue 2
Andrew Hahn, Reviewer for Foundation Review, Vol. 2, Issue 2
Social Justice Philanthropy Collaborative:
Elenore Garton is currently the chair of the Social Justice Philanthropy Collaborative (SJPC) as a representative of the Sillerman Center. It is a growing national network of organizations within the field of philanthropy that calls on grantmakers and donors to increase and deepen their commitment to funding social change. These national organizations express support of social justice philanthropy explicitly through their mission, values and programming.
The work of the Collaborative involves building the network to include more allies and partners, identifying activities and events that will convene a broader coalition of organizations in the Collaborative, and building power and influence in the field of philanthropy. This network embraces strategic relationship building among like-minded groups working in philanthropy.
Student Engagement in Practice:
Jodi Sperber, MSW, MPH, Doctoral Student and past Sillerman Fellow blogs about
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