Source: Number of nonprofits from Independent Sector, Racial breakdown extrapolated based on survey results at: http://www.aecf.org/upload/publicationfiles/executive_transition_survey_report2004.pdf
Funding Bias: Non-Whites Make up 52.4% of Poverty but Non-White Led Nonprofits only Receive 3% of Funding http://www.slideshare.net/rosettathurman/race-matters-in-nonprofits-promoting-diversity-in-our-profession and http://www.aecf.org/upload/publicationfiles/executive_transition_survey_report2004.pdf
Most Nonprofits: Have a Different Class Culture than Clients Leadership Clients Leadership Leadership Leadership White Black Latino Asian Upper Middle Lower
TechMission’s Focus & Other Lower Class Culture Nonprofits Leadership and clients White Black Latino Asian Upper Middle Lower
Nonprofit Leadership Does Not Reflect Class Community it Serves Data show subjective estimates from the author based on educational levels and class assimilation rates of nonprofit leadership. 94% of leadership have at least bachelor’s degree with an estimated class assimilation rate of 90-95% based on living location & culture
Funding and Gender From: http://www.aecf.org/upload/publicationfiles/executive_transition_survey_report2004.pdf
Perform a study on people who made it out of poverty asking “What organizations and programs were most helpful”?
Hypothesis: You might find that Black, Latino and lower class culture organizations and especially faith-based organizations provide 75% of life change while receiving 3% of foundation funding.
How should we allocate funding to meet the need for after school programs when demand is more than twice supply?
Hypothesis: 75% of funding goes to middle-class organizations that have a high cost per student and only serve 25% of the population, while lower-class culture serve 75% of the remaining population at a third of the cost.
Policies: Adopt Strategies to Support Smaller Organizations
Promote strategies to support small nonprofits
View explosion in number of nonprofits as comparable to the increase in small businesses
Funders should adopt strategies similar to those promoting small businesses
Same dilemma faced by most Black and Latino faith-based organizations
Secular funders often have a bias against lower-class culture and faith-based organizations
Christian resources are disproportionately distributed to White middle & upper class Christians
Funding Bias in Church Financial Resources $390 Billion Global Budgets of Christian Organizations Sources: Empty Tomb International Bulletin of Missionary Research Missions Ministry to the Poor Down from 21% in 1965
Resource Bias in Church Volunteers Source: Corporation for National and Community Service & Department of Labor Value of Faith-Based Volunteers In USA = $51.8 billion