Friday, July 22, 2016

Mapping Black Led Organizations - Funder Initiative

In today's scan of the Internet I found this article on the web site of the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy. It's titled, "Four Steps Foundations Should Take to Address Racial Equity".

In Step 1 they point to the map shown below, which you can find at this link.

In other articles about philanthropy on this blog, and in the Tutor/Mentor blog, I've focused on  the need to invest on-going funds in building strong organizations serving youth and families in high poverty, high minority, neighborhoods.  I've encouraged funders to create maps like this, showing organizations doing needed work, and showing who is being funded.  The map above is one of two on the site.

If you're a Black-led organization and not yet on the map, click here, to introduce yourself and be added to the map.

I've been building a map-based directory for over 20 years and understand how difficult it is to gather the information, and keep it updated from year to  year.  It takes the active involvement of organizations seeking funds, as well as those providing funds, and the intermediary who builds and manages the map.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

It's Still Not Too Late

Below is a Letter to the Editor that I wrote to the Chronicle of Philanthropy in 1998. No foundation stepped forward to provide the support I was asking for, but the need still exists.

Browse past articles on this blog, and on the Tutor/Mentor blog to see how I've been using maps, which is how leaders from any city, and every sector could also be using maps.

Read this section of the Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC Planning Wiki to see what my goal for using G IS maps has been since 1993. Read this section to see what the Chicago Tutor/Mentor Program Locator is intended to do, and to see challenges it's currently facing.

Then read this section to see a vision for using the Program Locator as a crowd-funding platform.

This can all be kept available in Chicago, or made available in any other city, if an investor/benefactor and/or partner will come forward to help.