Published in Co.Exist | August 9, 2016
Foundations Want You To Know They Make A Difference—Not Just Write Checks
By Ben Paynter
“HOPE." That’s the one-word message at the center of a new awareness campaign backed by 39 charitable groups in response to recent shooting deaths in places like Baton Rouge, St. Paul, and Dallas.
It all started with Ford Foundation CEO Darren Walker, who was attending the international AIDS conference in South Africa in late July as news broke about police officers being shot in Baton Rouge. While he was already in meetings with some of the world’s top philanthropists many expressed feelings of grief and helplessness. "One of the questions I was asked was ‘What can philanthropy do about this?’" he says.
The answer is that many foundations are already doing quite a bit; they’re just really bad about sharing it.