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Community Foundations, SDGs and Racial Equity

Indiana University

  • Program Civil Society
  • Program Area Enhancing Community Philanthropy
  • Grant Amount $100,000
  • Grant Period January 1, 2023–December 31, 2025
  • Location Bloomington, IN, United States
  • Geographic Focus Australia and New Zealand, Canada, United Kingdom, United States

About this grant

The program goal is to help community foundations use the framework of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals to advance justice and racial equity. To this end, the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation Chair on Community Foundations at Indiana University’s Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, Dr. Laurie Paarlberg, is leading a cross-national research team on a four-year project that will describe shifts in diversity, equity and inclusion in community foundations in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia. In the first year, a literature review was conducted, a pilot quantitative analysis was conducted, sites were selected for case studies, a global research team was assembled and additional funding was solicited. Over the next three years, data will be collected and analyzed, case studies written, a cross-national study completed and results broadly disseminated. The Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University was founded in 2012 and its mission is to increase the understanding of philanthropy and improve its practice worldwide through critical inquiry, interdisciplinary research, teaching, training and civic engagement.