Philanthropy, You in Danger, Girl! Five Things Philanthropies Need to Do Now in the Trump Age

February 5, 2017

By Edgar Villanueva, VP of Programs and Advocacy at the Schott Foundation for Public Education

These first two weeks in Trump’s America have been chaotic and stressful, but already emblematic of the dire needs philanthropy must step up to. From those who could be left out of affordable health care to those bandied about in an educational system with an uncertain future to immigrants and refugees encountering the suffering that they were attempting to flee, this short time has lit a fire in all of us working on the progressive side of philanthropy.

But even we aren’t immune to changes and dangers that could be inherent to a Trump administration. Some of my colleagues suspect that foundations could be targeted as a source of revenue, and that our ability to support work that goes against Trump’s agenda could be detrimentally affected. Others are concerned that tax policies that encourage giving could be curtailed and new limits on our political activities could be implemented. And, in the wake of the fallout from both Clinton and Trump’s foundations, we collectively face an uphill battle to restore public trust.

Foundations who are progressive and who prioritize support of communities of color in the age of “whitelash” must remain focused. The communities we aim to help will need our work now more than ever, and we can’t afford to lose focus or veer off the path. Here, I offer five points to affirm our commitment to the work in these uncertain times.

Read more of Edgar’s 5 points in this article on The Huffington Post.