New AgentsC and Imagine Canada study reveals significant inclusion barriers for Black and Indigenous CSR professionals

Incorporating decolonized grant making practices and a diverse group of CSR practitioners within companies is needed to better serve communities they give back to, study suggests

Why It Matters

Black and Indigenous-led non-profit groups are often the most underfunded by corporate groups, which mainly consist of white professionals making the funding decisions. This study shows that 25 per cent of Black CSR practitioners have funding decision-making, in comparison to the 96 per cent of white practitioners. Knowing what improvements can be made within the sector could be useful for those who need better support.

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“For almost 25 years of my career, I had been in this environment where as a fundraiser I was asking mostly white, female middle-aged, middle-class people to invest in the social causes that are represented by people in my community,” said Olumide Akerewusi, a fundraiser and executive director of a non-profit consulting firm, AgentsC.

“You can experience [working in these white spaces], and you carry that thing, not knowing that a handful of people or more experience it too,” he said. “But there’s no res


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