After decades of complaints from the diverse non-profit community, The Greenlining Institute conducted a study in  2005 of the 50 largest foundations in the country to quantify their giving to minority-led organizations. The report,  Fairness in Philanthropy, found that minority-led organizations received just 3% of total grant dollars from the nation’s largest foundations. Greenlining conducted a similar report in 2006 that found 3.6% of grant dollars going to minorityled organizations. Although Greenlining’s methodology differed from previous reports on grant giving to communities  of color, the findings were very similar – communities of color were being “short changed” by foundations.

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