For today’s Philanthropy Rewind, we’re throwing it back to a co-authored piece written ahead of the 2020 election that highlights the role young voters of color play in transforming the electorate.
In the op-ed, Hazen’s Lori Bezahler and the Youth Engagement Fund’s Alejandra Ruiz called for major players in the philanthropy space — particularly donors and organizations — to step up and support young people in their mobilization efforts.
The reality is that even donors who understand the importance of voting efforts led by youth of color aren’t ready to fund them. But to truly eradicate structural inequalities, philanthropy must resolve this disconnect. Offering nice words isn’t enough. Philanthropy needs to provide tangible support, resources, and funding.