Elizabeth Alexander on the Mellon Foundation’s New Direction

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, one of the largest philanthropic organizations devoted to the arts and humanities in the country, recently announced that its “grant-making strategy and program areas” will “focus entirely on social justice.”

“What it means is that every grant we make we’ll think about through a social-justice lens. We’ll ask: Does this grant contribute to a more fair and just society?," says Mellon Foundation President Elizabeth Alexander.


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