Key Points

Philanthropy still needs to be reminded that there is no such thing as a post-racial America, and that systemic racism continues to underlie the problems foundation funding attempts to address. While many foundations have found it challenging to address equity in their grantmaking, they have found that process far more comfortable than addressing equity within their own organizations.

This article will describe the efforts of three foundations in various stages of seeing themselves through an equity lens: the Consumer Health Foundation, The Colorado Trust, and Interact for Health. This article will discuss why these foundations are on this journey, what they expect to achieve, what hurdles they have encountered, and how those hurdles were — or were not — overcome. •• It is impossible for a foundation to effectively fund with an equity lens unless it commits to doing the necessary internal work around the same issue, and embarks on its own journey toward equity.