Survey Seeks Better Sense of How Much Grant Makers Give to Minorities

In an effort to gain a better idea about how many philanthropic dollars go to causes that serve minorities, the Foundation Center for the first time has asked grant makers what steps they take to collect information on the ethnic, racial, and gender composition of their beneficiaries.

In the past year or so, foundations' giving to minorities has been under scrutiny, with federal and state lawmakers pushing them to provide more information about what populations they support.