Investing in a Diverse Democracy: Foundation Giving to Minority-Led Nonprofits

The purpose of this study is to measure the role foundations are playing in empowering minority
communities to contribute to the nation’s cutting-edge public policy dialogue. This report analyzes grantmaking of the nation’s largest private foundations and California’s largest private and community foundations. It finds a tremendous disparity in giving among these foundations to minority-led nonprofits.

A Status Report on Career Staff Diversity at the University of California

It is economically imperative for the University of California to meaningfully address the vast minority populations that reside in the state. A diverse career staff provides a supportive environment for UC’s diverse student population. The data for UC’s current workforce composition clearly shows that minorities and women face difficulty in penetrating the upper levels of management; career path issues must be further researched so that appropriate changes result.

2006 Greenlining Annual Report Card: California Utility Supplier Diversity

Each year the Greenlining Institute submits to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) a report highlighting utility contracting to minority businesses. In 2006, the six largest public utilities contracted more than $1.5 billion to minority-owned businesses in 2006. This report card is an analysis of this contracting for minorities overall and to each individual minority group. The report also highlights contracting site areas that require further attention and action on the part of the utilities and the CPUC.

Bush’s Cabinet Diversity Should be the Model for the Banking Industry: Diversity at the Board of Directors of the Twenty Largest Banks

This is Greenlining’s third annual report on board of director diversity at major banks and reflects board of director diversity in 2006. Greenlining’s report addresses a key diversity leadership issue at America’s twenty largest banks. Although the board of directors is only one segment of the banking management structure, it is a publicly available indication that most of America’s banks have a long way to go to meet even President Bush’s cabinet diversity. Presently, one-third or five of the President’s fifteen cabinet members are minorities.

Left Behind: The Reality of African American Homeownership in California

Only 39 percent of African Americans in California live in a home that they own, compared to nearly 50 percent for African Americans in the rest of the nation. This report finds that the seven major lenders studied originated only 48 home loans to very low income African Americans in California.
This report provides a wide range of comparisons among the seven major institutions in terms of number of conventional home loans made to African Americans by income and by overall percentage of loans made. Greenlining created an overall score that incorporated the rankings of number and percentage of loans made to African Americans of all incomes and low income African Americans in California.

Fairness in Philanthropy Part II: Perspectives from the Field

This study looks at why foundation funding for minority-led nonprofits is so low and how the diversity practices and policies of foundations affect giving priorities. Findings are based on interviews conducted with foundation leaders and nonprofit executives. Respondents identified several barriers to funding for minority-led nonprofits including: the inability to access foundations; the lack of trust between minority-led nonprofits and foundations; and inadequate resources on the part of many minority-led nonprofits to devote to relationship building with foundation staff.

Fairness in Philanthropy Part I: Foundation Giving to Minority-led Nonprofits

This study analyzes the giving of the nation’s largest foundations to determine how equitably foundation dollars are allocated across the sector. Greenlining’s findings show that the top fifty independent foundations and the top twenty-five community foundations awarded only 3 percent of total grant dollars to minority-led nonprofits in 2002. These levels are markedly inadequate and illustrate a vast disparity in philanthropic dollars being targeted to organizations that both lead and serve communities of color.