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A CEO Blueprint for Racial Equity

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The public is demanding moral and economic leadership within the corporate sector that focuses on leaving the next generation of Americans a more equitable legacy than we were given.

Corporate Silence and Anti-Racism

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Companies around the world have remained silent to their role in racism for centuries. No matter how well-crafted or well-intended, it is not enough for corporations to just make public statements and large donations to racial justice organizations. Without action, these statements can land as nothing more than platitudes from a PR playbook.

Washington Post: How to Reconstruct an Equitable Future for Our Region

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"We are in a trifecta of crises that threatens our nation’s public health, economic security, and democracy. Though this pandemic is new, racism and economic injustice are not. The pandemic has served to further reveal preexisting inequities in housing, education, health care, food security, policing and criminal justice, income, and employment.

HBR: The 10 Commitments Companies Must Make to Advance Racial Justice

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“In the wake of George Floyd’s tragic death in Minneapolis, major corporations have been voicing their support for racial justice in the United States. But we are way past the point when words alone suffice. Actions are needed. Corporations can and should make 10 concrete commitments to achieving racial equity in their workplaces and society.”

- Mark Kramer, co-founder and managing director, FSG

Menstrual Health Is Essential to “Build Back Better” Beyond COVID-19

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Menstrual Hygiene Day this year (May 28) holds particular significance. The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated existing challenges related to menstrual health and hygiene and is set to deepen inequities for women and girls around the world.

In the latest FSG blog, Laura Amaya shares why #ItsTimeForAction on #MHH.

Rethinking Outcomes in a Crisis Context

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How can foundations ensure that the process of evaluating outcomes is useful and least disruptive? In this critical time, many philanthropic organizations are shifting the ways in which they are supporting grantees.

"Some of the changes instituted might be so effective that they become standard practice in the future. Who knows—perhaps we will look back on this time and wonder why we didn’t do things differently before the pandemic. It feels like anything is possible today."

SSIR: Big Structural Change

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FSG co-founder and managing director Mark Kramer reviews Rebecca Henderson’s Reimagining Capitalism in a World on Fire, which outlines five ways we can reform capitalism to overcome climate change, inequality, and the collapse of democracy.

SSIR: How Foundations Can Make Progress on Long-Term Social Change Amid the COVID-19 Crisis

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By learning from this crisis and others before it, foundations can do more—individually and as an alliance—to identify and prepare themselves and their partners for major threats in the future and their impact on long-term efforts to solve serious social problems. Doing so will help ensure that the opportunities for innovative solutions created by a crisis today become the building blocks of a more just world tomorrow.

Foundations: Remember Special Education in Your COVID and Post-COVID Investments

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To help U.S. philanthropy understand how to best deploy COVID response efforts that are inclusive of students requiring accommodations in public education, FSG sought counsel from leaders of three organizations that work to ensure equitable access for special education students: Lindsay Jones of the National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD); Lauren Morando Rhim of the National Center for Special Education in Charter Schools (NCSECS); and Heather Graham of Oak Foundation.

Four key themes emerged from the interviews:

Staying Agile in the Age of Lockdown

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For about a year now FSG has been exploring how we can more effectively deliver on our work to help our clients create social impact. When COVID-19 hit, many of those practices went out the window and we’ve needed to evolve quickly.

We’re also thinking about how our response might help catalyze the equitable systems change we crave. In our latest blog, senior knowledge manager Caitlin Darisse offers 6 practices and behaviors you can use in your own company to weather the pandemic.

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