Connecting with Diverse Communities
An insightful article appeared in the March, 2011 issue of The Economist regarding the most recent population census, “Minority Report: White America’s Collapsing Birth Rate is Changing the Face of the Country.”
This article inspired me to include information in my blog regarding Hispanic, African American and Asian communities, as the nonprofit sector should be paying close attention to changes in our nation as a whole, and to make adjustments accordingly.
“The latest release of data from last year’s decennial census confirms that whites still constitute a slender majority, 54%, of those under 18, and a larger one, 64%, of the population as a whole. But America’s transformation into a much browner, more suburban, more southern and western place is rapid and relentless.”
“The giant sucking sound emanating from the South and West, another leitmotif of American demographics, continues unmuffled. Both regions grew by 14%, while the north-east and the Midwest managed just 3% and 4% growth respectively. People are fleeing the cold: there is a strong correlation between the average temperature in January and population growth, notes Edward Glaeser, a professor of economics at Harvard University. He also attributes the rapid expansion of cities like Atlanta, Dallas, and Houston to their cheap, abundant housing.”
From BBC News comes an in-depth article you won’t want to pass-up (May 17, 2012), “What will a white-minority America look like?”
“According to the US Census bureau, black, Hispanic, Asian and mixed-race births made up 50.4% of new arrivals in the year ending in July 2011. Much of the change is driven by high birth rates among the Hispanic population. The official notice foreshadows the day, expected in the 2040s, when non-Hispanic whites – like the group that founded America – will be in the minority.”
The effect this will have on nonprofit fundraising – and all aspects of our lives – is evolving. Increased understanding and communication skills would certainly be beneficial to those seeking improved relationships with diverse communities, as well as charitable support for our many nonprofit endeavors.
In regard to Hispanic audiences, a very influential sector of the Texas population, I wanted to share a link to a website that provides a wide range of helpful information about Hispanic audiences in the U.S.: National Association of Hispanic Publications. In addition, Hispanic Trending notes something very important,
“You need to always remember that this country is made out of immigrants-both voluntary and involuntary (that is, those brought over by the slave trade). The only people indigenous to the US are Native Americans (there is even an argument to be made about that), which now comprise less than one percent of the total population.”
It would seem charities in the United Kingdom are struggling with diversity just as we are in America. You might enjoy the Philanthropy UK’s, “Minority Report – Diversity in Giving.”
Cheryl Chapman notes:
“One in six people in the UK are non-White, however there are few statistics to compare this to the level of philanthropic participation by non-White people. There is little to no definitive evidence into the giving trends of British BME communities and individuals. Perhaps this issue highlights a need for research so we can gain a truer picture of diversity in UK philanthropy and can harness existing giving efforts into a movement as the USA has done. A number of trail-blazing US foundations have invested substantial dollars over the last 15 years to seed, organise and nurture their philanthropic ‘communities of colour’ and Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors has documented this activity which you can read about in our ‘Letter from America’.”
“Connecting with Diverse Communities” is dedicated to my late mentor and friend of more than 30 years, the late Melvin P. Sikes, Ph.D.
- If you are interested to know the companies that are the best workplaces for diverse communities, follow this link to Black Enterprise.
- For information about diversity initiatives in Central Texas, see The New Philanthropists.
- I enjoyed this article from Jon Shepherd of The Guardian in the UK, “What Can Fundraisers Learn from Different Cultures’ Charitable Giving?” (September 12, 2012). “The differences in fundraising and charitable giving in different countries and cultures can give fundraisers pause for thought. As many countries are throwing off the old orders, how can fundraisers take advantage of new opportunities?”
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For a few personal reflections on diversity see my post, “Giving Thanks for Diversity.”