Report Examines Growth of African-American Family Foundations

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African-American family foundations, which tend to favor giving to locally based social service organizations, especially programs focused on children and youth, have grown in number and popularity in recent years, a new Aspen Institute report analyzing this subset of funders shows.

In “A Growing Tradition? Examining the African-American Family Foundation,” University of Pennsylvania researcher Marybeth Gasman notes that the long tradition of giving to the church continues today for black philanthropists. But she cites research showing that African-American philanthropists also gave 25 percent of their charitable donations to organizations that serve the . . .

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