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Hannibal Publishes on Public Foundation Grants in Communities of Colour

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ISTPP’s Bryce Hannibal coauthored a paper titled “Race and the Public Foundation Grants Marketplace: The Differential Effect of Network Status in Communities of Colour” published in Public Management Review. The paper examines the relationship between grantee location in communities of color, network connections, and the amount of money allocated to grant winners located in Dallas and Houston, TX. Hannibal coauthored the paper with Dr. Laurie Paarlberg of Indiana University-Purdue University and Dr. Jasmine McGinnis Johnson of George Washington University.

The purpose of this research is to understand inequities in the allocation of philanthropic grants by location and to identify how networks of interlocking boards of directors form. The authors collected data from the Form 990 of nonprofit organizations operating in Dallas and Houston, TX, in 2012. They also collected board member names from the same nonprofits’ 2010 Form 990s. Paarlberg, McGinnis Johnson, and Hannibal then used network analysis techniques to measure the impacts of network size and status on grant allocation and to compare grant sizes to where the grantee is located.

Results of the authors’ analysis suggest nonprofit organizations located in communities of color operate with smaller, less well-connected networks and receive smaller grants than nonprofits with larger, more well-connected networks. Paarlberg, McGinnis Johnson, and Hannibal suggest that future research on this topic should explore the impact of locational barriers on nonprofit organizations seeking grants and possible connections between grant makers’ racial identity and grant outcomes.

Paarlberg, Laurie E., Jasmine McGinnis Johnson, and Bryce Hannibal. 2019. “Race and the Public Foundation Grants Marketplace: The Differential Effect of Network Status in Communities of Colour.” Public Management Review 21(5):1-21. DOI: 10.1080/14719037.2019.1635192