Racial Justice Resources

Advancing Racial Justice: Philanthropic Resources and Responses


Recent protests continue to draw renewed attention to long standing issues of racial justice in a wide variety of communities.

Many donors are asking for information from Community Foundation about what they might consider as action steps. How might we advance both racial justice and economic equity opportunity? Organizational capacity and self determination needs require the redistribution of resources and power to groups with Black agency. When done well philanthropy is one of many means to achieve this goal. If you agree and if you are able, please consider making a contribution of time, talent, treasure and voice to one or more of these or similar local organizations.

Black Lives Matter Ithaca

Black Hands Universal

Civic Ensemble

Community Unity Music Education Program (CUMEP)

Dorothy Cotton Institute



Khuba International

Latino Civic Association

Multicultural Resource Center

Mutual Aid Tompkins

My Brothers Keeper Ithaca

No Mas Lagrimas/No More Tears

Opportunities, Alternatives & Resources

Southside Community Center

SURJ (Tompkins County Showing Up for Racial Justice)

The Village at Ithaca

Ultimate Reentry Opportunity (URO)

Unbroken Promise Initiative


Here are some local organizations you can join and/or access educational resources & training opportunities.

Business Leaders of Colors (BLOC)

Diversity Consortium of Tompkins County

Michelle Courtney Berry, Courtney Consulting

Natural Leaders Initiative

Rise to Equity Excellence, LLC, Paula Ioanide

TFC Associates

Tompkins Chamber

Tompkins County Human Rights Commission


We share a selection of resources which recently have been sent out from philanthropic infrastructure organizations.

NY Funders Alliance Racial Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion: Resource Page

NYCON (New York Council on Nonprofits) DEI (Diversity, Equity & Inclusion) assessment tool

Grantmakers for Effective Organizations “Hope is Not a Strategy for Change”

Nonprofit Quarterly

“Time to Untether Philanthropy to Back Black-Led and Defined Work”

“Dear Philanthropy: These Are the Fires of Anti-Black Racism”

Council on Foundation’s


Hill Snowdon Foundation: Black-led Organizing Map
Borealis Philanthropies: This is Movement. Not just a moment
Movement for Black Lives Foundation
Change Philanthropy: Igniting the Sector to Advance Equity
Building an Inclusive America: Finding Common Ground

Center for Effective Philanthropy

“Foundations, Act on What You Control to Confront Racism”

“Race, Equity, and Unavoidable Challenges for Philanthropy”

Chronicle of Philanthropy

“The Racial Funding Gap Can’t Continue in the Pandemic”

“To Achieve Justice, Philanthropy Must Give Up Its Power (Opinion)”

Central New York Community Foundation “Racial Equity and Community Trauma”

National Committee on Responsive Philanthropy

“Power Moves”


Stanford Social Innovation Review  “The Struggle to Overcome Racism”

Give Blck

135 Ways to Donate in Support of Black Lives and Communities


Additional Community Foundation resources from past philanthropy education convenings, meetings and surveys:

Social Justice Grants Analysis Dashboard

Tompkins County Demographics Dashboard

Women’s Fund: Cultivating Confidence, Building Skills

The Art of Participatory Leadership: Discussion and Metrics

Increasing Community Engagement in Decision Making through the Susan Christopherson Community Planning Fund

Inspiring Stories, Empowering Community: College Initiative Upstate

Collective Impact Initiatives: Grantee Reports [Cradle to Career, Childhood Nutrition Collaborative, Collective Impact Explained]

Report Back Resources – 2015-16 Grant Cycle Collective Impact: Building Relationships, Building Our Future

Donor Advisor Fund 2019 Survey Report

Social Capital in Tompkins County 2012 CIPA Presentation

2012 CIPA Social Capital Report Part I

2012 CIPA Social Capital Report Part II

Volunteer Leadership and Service: Natural Leaders Initiative (NLI) 

quote Community Foundation Donor Advisor

When you engage with the community, you learn how much more there is to be done.