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The Greenlining Institute is a public policy, research, and advocacy non-profit organization based in Berkeley, California. The Greenlining Institute's mission is to empower communities of color and other disadvantaged groups through multi-ethnic economic and leadership development, civil rights, and anti-redlining activities.
The Greenlining Institute was established by African American, Asian American, and Latino American community leaders in 1993 to fight injustice, increase the participation of people of color in policymaking, and encourage successful investment by corporate America into these communities. Rather than just fighting redlining, the illegal practice of denying services to certain communities, greenlining is the proactive effort of bringing profitable investments and services to communities that have been left behind.
The Greenlining Institute was founded on the principle of wealth creation, with a strong belief that diversity makes business sense and leads to greater effectiveness.
Greenlining's Community Reinvestment program works with banks and other financial institutions to equitably execute the Community Reinvestment Act.
In 2005, Greenlining began researching the philanthropic giving patterns of California's largest foundations and found very low investment in non-profit organizations led by people of color.
According to the US Census, California's communities of color comprise over 50% of the state's population—making it a majority-minority state. Greenlining found that philanthropic giving did not reflect California's population.
Greenlining's advocacy efforts have included the introduction of AB 624 which was a piece of “sunshine” legislation that would require large foundations operating in California to gather and disclose pertinent diversity data. While, the bill was ultimately withdrawn, AB 624 would not have required foundations to invest in minority communities, and it would not have created racial quotas for grant-making and employment. This legislation was an attempt to get foundations to disclose data related to diversity on an annual basis.
- Greenlining Institute website
- "California’s Greenlining Institute: Arm-Twisting for Financial Affirmative Action" - criticism of the Greenlining Institute by the conservative Capital Research Center