Our Response to National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy Report

ORLANDO, Fla. — September 4, 2020 —Last week the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP) released the report, “Black Funding Denied: Community Foundation Support for Black communities.” The report is incomplete and inaccurate and Central Florida Foundation holds NCRP and its team accountable for releasing a report that uses this level of questionable data. While we certainly agree with its message and call to action to increase investment in Black communities and Black-led efforts, so far, more than 20% of grant making from CFF goes to Black communities and residents of color; however, the report indicates our level of grant-making to be 0%. We are disappointed and find this harmful to the efforts of the Foundation to improve the Central Florida community. Already, in response to on-going systemic racism, the Foundation’s board of directors and staff are actively working to adopt and carryout a framework for social justice and a set of values to ensure the Foundation builds on our history of grant-making to better reflect and align with communities of color in the Central Florida region.