Giving Compass' Take:
- Dedo Baranshamaje and Katie Bunten-Wamaru criticize the trend of grantmakers overlooking African organizations and instead funding white-led NGOs to carry out impact work in Africa.
- What barriers do African non-profits face in accessing philanthropic funds? How can donors make an active effort to ensure that projects they fund directly involve the communities they are meant to serve?
- Read about philanthropy's colonial roots.
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While the US continues to reckon with its long-simmering struggle against racial injustice, it is important to remember that racism is not just a homegrown problem – we are also exporting it.
In the US, black-led organisations are on average 24% smaller in terms of revenue, with 76% less unrestricted funding – the gold standard of grant-making. If you are a woman of colour leading a nonprofit, your odds of being funded are even lower, with a minuscule 0.6% of foundation funding targeted at this group.
Worldwide, more than 99% of humanitarian and philanthropic funding goes to predominantly white-led international NGOs. Despite Africa’s growing and dynamic social sector, only 5.2% of US foundation giving to Africa goes to African-led organisations.
Global giving to Africa needs its own Black Lives Matter reckoning.
Grassroots organisations are consistently delivering impact at the frontlines – without the benefit of frontline funding
There is power in proximity. Shifting our giving to prioritise leaders who are African is not only more just – it is more effective. When the global pandemic hit, guess which NGOs pulled staff and fled the continent? Here’s a hint: it wasn’t the locally led organisations. Just as with endless previous crises, African-led organisations have risen to the occasion and delivered to communities when others cannot. This isn’t new. Grassroots organisations are consistently delivering impact at the frontlines – without the benefit of frontline funding.
Read the full article about funding African-led philanthropy in Africa by Dedo Baranshamaje and Katie Bunten-Wamaru at the Guardian.