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Words to Avoid—2023 Edition

It’s that time again—Words to Avoid, 2023, a list of words, terms, and phrase to reconsider before using.

By Ryan Gerhardt (he/him)

January 13, 2023

Demographics via Candid: A data-driven approach to encourage equitable funding practices

Demographics via Candid is a data-driven initiative aimed at encouraging equitable funding practices and reducing administrative burdens for nonprofits. Find out how to get involved!

By Michele Dilworth (she/her)

January 4, 2023

Why defining BIPOC-led is harder than you think

The term BIPOC-led is today’s king of philanthropic buzzwords. But what does it actually mean? Find out why defining BIPOC-led might be harder than you’d think.

By Cathleen Clerkin (she/her)

December 8, 2022

The 10th annual human rights report: collaborating to drive impact

As we look to these new findings, we uplift why they matter and how this partnership strengthens our goals to map and improve tracking of the field of philanthropy.

By Ann Mei Chang (she/they) and Kellea Miller (she/her)

October 28, 2022

Reframe, commit, and expand: How to meaningfully invest in Black leaders

Despite the need for a significant shift in how philanthropy supports Black leaders and communities, long-term commitments are episodic at best. Echoing Green shares three calls to action for philanthropy to be more just and equitable.

By Tiffany Thompson (she/her)

August 18, 2022

Philanthropy must prioritize elevating and including Black voices

In 2020, the philanthropic sector started conversations about how philanthropy can better support Black-led organizations and the Black community. The sector missed a great opportunity with these listening sessions for Black non-profit leaders to share their hopes and dreams for their communities and the work of their organizations.

By Tokiwa T. Smith

August 8, 2022

Power in Solidarity: Reflections from AAPIP and NAP’s joint convening

As I continue to process the many sessions I attended and the new connections that I made, three key themes from the Power in Solidarity conference stuck out for me:

By Supriya Kumar (she/her)

July 28, 2022

Commitment to funding Native self-determination

We partner with hundreds of reservation-based programs, improving quality of life for 250,000 Native elders, families, and children each year.

By Helen Oliff (she/her)

July 14, 2022

Celebrating Black history and Black futures

While recently recognized as a federal holiday in 2021, Black people have long celebrated the historical importance of Juneteenth. From kitchen tables to campuses of Historical Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Juneteenth is well revered in the Black community as…

By ABFE and Candid

June 17, 2022

ABFE and Candid partner on new research on Black leaders

There is a glaring gap in the representation of Black people in top positions in organizations, along with a general lack of resources, support, and opportunities for Black leaders and Black-focused organizations. This is not a pipeline problem. Building Movement…

By Cathleen Clerkin (she/her) and Michell Speight

June 7, 2022

Why cultural reimagination must precede DEI initiatives

The process of cultural reimagination teaches us to contend with questions, and those questions lead us to be more inclusive and open-minded in our approach to pursuing racial equity.

By Rachel Wyley (she/her)

May 5, 2022

Black Diaper Bank leaders share struggles and successes

The community leaders who make up the Black Diaper Bank Coalition (BDBC) come from different places around the country. Some run small, volunteer-based organizations; others run major nonprofits. But they share important things, like “being invisible and hypervisible at the same time,” says Tamara Killian, who facilitates the group for the National Diaper Bank Network (NDBN), where she is chief of development. She explains that Black women leaders often feel unheard; at the same time, they feel expected to be spokeswomen for an entire race.

By Troy Moore (he/him)

April 7, 2022