New Commonwealth Fund

What Juneteenth means for many Black Bostonians

In this special hour, we take stock of this moment in Black Boston. With arguably more Black leaders in power, more investment dollars on the table for equity and inclusion, more diversity in elected officials and more frank discussion about race happening that at any time in the city’s modern history, we discuss whether the […]

Op-Ed: Four Things Philanthropy Should Do Differently This Black History Month

Feb. 6, 2024 By Makeeba McCreary February is Black History Month, an annual celebration when we sharpen our focus on the achievements of Black people in the United States. Since its inception in the 1970s, Black History Month has also served as a reminder of the sacrifices made by Black people and the structural racism […]

Op-Ed: Philanthropy doesn’t always get it right. Let’s re-think how we give.

Nov. 27, 2023 By Makeeba McCreary and Bob Giannino Tomorrow is Giving Tuesday, when individuals around the world contribute to causes they believe in. Since its founding in 2012, it has grown into a global movement. In the United States alone, more than 20 million people collectively contributed over $3 billion to nonprofits in 2022 — more than […]

Op-Ed: A Blueprint For Tackling Inequity In Philanthropy

Sept. 18, 2023 In the summer of 2020, Americans across the country were united in outrage over the murder of George Floyd and prepared to confront systemic racism. Corporations pledged more than $200 billion in funding to racial equity initiatives. Politicians were suddenly unafraid to say “Black Lives Matter.” For a moment, it felt like real change […]

Op-Ed: Three lessons for philanthropy in addressing systemic racism in health care

May 12, 2023 By Makeeba McCreary Racism is embedded deep within America’s public health infrastructure as it is in so many systems in our county. COVID-19 was an introduction to this fact for many white Americans. They saw—in some cases for the first time—how the inequities in our health systems are deadly for people of […]

Op-Ed – Giving birth while black should not be a death sentence

By Allison Bryant, Makeeba McCreary, and Elsie Taveras In 2020, Black women accounted for one-third of maternal deaths. This is a mortality rate that was nearly three times that of white women. Giving birth while Black should not be a death sentence. As the nation marks Black Maternal Health Week, founded by the Black Mamas Matter Alliance […]

How the New Commonwealth Fund Plans to Tackle Systemic Racism

In the days after George Floyd was murdered — as people of color bore the brunt of the first pandemic wave, and protesters marched to demand an end to systemic racism — a group of Black and brown executives in Massachusetts joined forces to try to do just that in Boston, and beyond. They started […]

Viewpoint: Looking to Denmark as a model for an equitable clean energy sector

This article is available in Spanish in partnership with El Planeta Media. Este informe estå disponible en español, traducido por El Planeta Media. Last week, President Biden arrived in Somerset to tour the former Brayton Point power plant and bring attention to our state’s emerging wind energy sector.President Biden’s visit underscores the critical role Massachusetts will play in this industry […]