Investing in Racial Justice

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The deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Regis Korchinski-Paquet have sparked protests, outpourings of grief and support, and public conversations about systemic anti-Black racism and the need for justice in the United States, Canada, and around the world. Many organizations, including philanthropic foundations like Atkinson, are deeply examining how to shift structures, practices, and funds to advance racial justice and centre the work, voices, and lived experiences of Black, Indigenous and People of Colour.

Following the Racial Equity and Justice in Philanthropy Funders’ Summit in June 2020,  Shannon Rohan  from SHARE has written a  piece about how philanthropic foundations can use their investment portfolios to advance racial justice and equity.  She outlines three key first steps:

  1. Embed racial equity and justice into investment governance
  2. Talk to investment advisors and managers about racial justice and equity
  3. Help elevate investor action beyond diversity

To learn more about these steps, including actions that philanthropic organizations can take, read the whole piece here.