MPHI is evaluating the Catalyzing Community Giving (CCG) initiative which supports communities of color in using philanthropy to become agents of their own change and to positively impact the lives of children and families in their communities. The current cohort of more than 30 grantees are pursuing the following strategies over a three-year period:
- Donor Networks: Organizing giving circles and administering donor engagement programs
- Research & Outreach: Conducting research and collecting data on local or regional philanthropic trends; developing and sharing tools, curricula, guides and trainings for donors, potential donors and nonprofits
- Building Capacity: Developing the philanthropic capacity of communities of color; developing online platforms and mobile technologies for fundraising; utilizing evaluation technical assistance
- Engaging in Partnerships & Network Building: Creating space and time for knowledge sharing and peer learning
Grantees are located throughout the United States and in W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s priority places of Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico, New Orleans, Haiti and Mexico.
The result of these efforts will be more financial resources going to communities of color from communities of color and increased participation by people of color in how those resources are distributed within their community, which ultimately benefits the children and families living there.