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Learnings from Organizational Journeys in Centering Racial Equity, part 3: An Anthology of Paper

October 2, 2023

The following anthology of three papers is the third in a series of publications intended to lift up the journeys of nonprofit organizations across the country that are focusing on centering racial equity within their internal programming and operations. Earlier in 2023, two sets of spotlights profiled 10 diverse organizations and their internal racial equity journeys, delving into the unique approach each is taking, the challenges they are facing and the ways that each has grown and learned from their experience. Rather than telling an organization-specific story, as was the case in the spotlight series, this final publication endeavors to surface learning from a cross-section of 31 organizations.

Racial Equity and Healing
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Diversifying Suppliers, Vendors and Business Partners as Part of DEI Strategy: Beacon Capital Partners Case Study

June 28, 2023

This case study is part of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation's Expanding Equity program, which helps workplaces become more racially equitable places of opportunity. The program supports and inspires companies to take action using four pillars: Attract, Belong, Promote and Influence. Each pillar offers unique opportunities for advancing racial equity, diversity and inclusion in companies. This case study lifts up actions from the Influence pillar, which focuses on advancing racial equity through a company's products, services or relationships externally.At Beacon Capital Partners, having a workplace that prioritizes diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) means being intentional with choosing external business partners who share those same values. The firm recognized that United States' real estate industry as a whole is an overwhelmingly White, male-dominated business. They initially looked at its recruitment practices to expand their DEI efforts. In doing so, they learned that creating a space of inclusion and belonging went beyond recruiting practices and should also include all the firm's functional engagements. The firm works with numerous vendors and suppliers in its work and saw an opportunity to expand business partner diversity by working with firms holding Minority Women Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (MWDBE) certification and increasing its total spend on diverse vendors and suppliers at its properties. This led Beacon Capital to pilot its business partner diversity initiative, which lead to an increase in their total property spend on diverse vendors and suppliers from about 4% of controllable operating expense spending with diverse business partners in the pilot properties in 2017 to around 27% of controllable operating expense spending in 2022.

Employment Equity; Racial Equity and Healing
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Organizational Journeys in Centering Racial Equity - Part One

June 1, 2023

Five WKKF grantees share insights about centering racial equity in their organizational structures, practices and operations. Part one takes a look at internal racial equity journeys in a variety of organizations, from a local organization serving an Arab immigrant community in Michigan, a Washington D.C. based policy organization focused on juvenile justice reform, a community foundation in greater Buffalo, New York, a nationwide network of service organizations, and a global faith-based organization. 

Racial Equity and Healing
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Organizational Journeys in Centering Racial Equity - Part Two

June 1, 2023

Five WKKF grantees share insights about centering racial equity in their organizational structures, practices and operations. Part two takes a look at internal racial equity journeys in a variety of organizations, from a community foundation in Kalamazoo, to a Detroit-based grassroots policy organization focused on maternal health, a national nonprofit focused on professional development for educators, a health service provider in Grand Rapids and a national coalition of breastfeeding-focused organizations.

Racial Equity and Healing

Expanding Equity's Impact and Retrospective Report

January 5, 2024

Read more about the Expanding Equity program's retrospective report, built from the program's learnings since its launch in 2019. The report offers insights into key lessons learned from Expanding Equity's work with more than 100 companies on their diversity, equity and inclusion journeys

Racial Equity and Healing

Doing Evaluation in Service of Racial Equity: A Tool Kit for Practitioners

January 1, 2024

Evaluators help measure the effectiveness of change efforts that impact the lives of children and their families every day. The W.K. Kellogg Foundation, together with Community Science, offer a tool kit for change agents who are looking to get concrete about how to advance racial equity through evaluation. Building from the Practice Guide Series on Doing Evaluation in Service of Racial Equity, this tool kit includes insightful blogs, tip sheets, presentations and more, that will help evaluators get real about evaluation for racial equity.  Read the tool kit in full or explore it in three parts: 1) How we think and practice; How we can engage community; and How we do evaluations in service of racial equity. Email your questions or feedback to evaluation@wkkf.org.

Racial Equity and Healing

How Can We Engage Community in Evaluations in Service of Racial Equity: A Tool Kit for Practitioners

January 1, 2024

Evaluators help measure the effectiveness of change efforts that impact the lives of children and their families every day. The W.K. Kellogg Foundation, together with Community Science, offer a tool kit for change agents who are looking to get concrete about how to advance racial equity through evaluation. Building from the Practice Guide Series on Doing Evaluation in Service of Racial Equity, this tool kit includes insightful blogs, tip sheets, presentations and more, that will help evaluators get real about evaluation for racial equity.  Read the tool kit in full or explore it in three parts: 1) How we think and practice; How we can engage community; and How we do evaluations in service of racial equity. Email your questions or feedback to evaluation@wkkf.org.

Early Childhood Education; Racial Equity and Healing

How We Think and Practice Evaluation in Service of Racial Equity: A Tool Kit for Practitioners

January 1, 2024

Evaluators help measure the effectiveness of change efforts that impact the lives of children and their families every day. The W.K. Kellogg Foundation, together with Community Science, offer a tool kit for change agents who are looking to get concrete about how to advance racial equity through evaluation. Building from the Practice Guide Series on Doing Evaluation in Service of Racial Equity, this tool kit includes insightful blogs, tip sheets, presentations and more, that will help evaluators get real about evaluation for racial equity.  Read the tool kit in full or explore it in three parts: 1) How we think and practice; How we can engage community; and How we do evaluations in service of racial equity. Email your questions or feedback to evaluation@wkkf.org. 

Racial Equity and Healing

How Can We Do Evaluations in Service of Racial Equity: A Tool Kit for Practitioners

January 1, 2024

Evaluators help measure the effectiveness of change efforts that impact the lives of children and their families every day. The W.K. Kellogg Foundation, together with Community Science, offer a tool kit for change agents who are looking to get concrete about how to advance racial equity through evaluation. Building from the Practice Guide Series on Doing Evaluation in Service of Racial Equity, this tool kit includes insightful blogs, tip sheets, presentations and more, that will help evaluators get real about evaluation for racial equity. Read the tool kit in full or explore it in three parts: 1) How we think and practice; How we can engage community; and How we do evaluations in service of racial equity. Email your questions or feedback to evaluation@wkkf.org. 

Racial Equity and Healing

New Mexico: A Snapshot of our Commitment to Children

November 1, 2023

New Mexico is full of rich histories, cultural legacies and community pride. Through our grantees' work to provide and improve equitable opportunities for children, families and communities, their efforts are also supporting the cultural, social and governance traditions throughout the state. We strive for equity across boundaries of language, ethnicity, race, gender, sexual orientation, and national origin. Our strategies cut across the political aisle, philanthropic siloes, diverse sectors and disparate issue areas— all in service of results-driven outcomes for every child.Children are at the heart of our collective impact—making historic and lasting change in education, health and family economic security for generations of children living in New Mexico. Decades-long commitments to children have created a movement of system and policy innovations. We see our investments within these child-centered partnerships flourishing and advancing the well-being of underserved communities. While tremendous progress has been made, we know there is more work to be done.

Early Childhood Education; Food Systems; Racial Equity and Healing

Sustaining DEI momentum after the Supreme Court's decision on affirmative action

October 6, 2023

After the recent SCOTUS decision on affirmative action in higher education, leaders and organizations are grappling with the potential ripple effects on corporate diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) efforts in the near and long term. In navigating this moment, leaders can do two things: (1) reground themselves on why their organization is investing in DEI strategies in the first place, and (2) take a look at existing DEI initiatives to understand where they may evolve and continue to create equal opportunities for all. Assessing risk will no doubt be part of the conversation. Yet, with the strong business case for DEI efforts, how can organizations ensure the risks of discontinuing certain DEI efforts are given the same weight as the risks of continuing them? This how-to guide, created through the W.K. Kellogg Foundation's Expanding Equity program, provides a framework for what to consider while charting a path forward as you review and adapt your DEI strategies — all while remaining true to your aspirations for creating more diverse, equitable and inclusive workplaces.

Racial Equity and Healing

What is at stake with embracing positionality in evaluation and research?

July 12, 2023

This is the third of a 12-part blog series discussing evaluation in service of racial equity. Yamanda's story, Daniela's story, and the positionality.

Racial Equity and Healing

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