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WASHINGTON, Dec. 6 (RNS)--African-Americans and Hispanics are more likely to contributeto charity than whites, but are asked to do so less often than theirwhite counterparts, according to new national reports.

"Mainstream philanthropy has paid relatively little attention topeople of color," concluded "Cultures of Caring," a report funded by theFord Foundation, the Council on Foundations, and the W.K. KelloggFoundation and the David and Lucile Packard Foundation.

Their findings were echoed by a report from the White House Councilof Economic Advisers, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

"If solicitations serve to increase giving, then organizations areoverlooking an important resource by not soliciting donations fromAfrican-Americans and Hispanics at great rates," the White House reportsaid, agreeing with the foundations' conclusion that non-white donorsmost often "give large gifts primarily to organizations they know andtrust."

"They are less likely to contribute to endowment campaigns, andinstead focus their giving on religious institutions and organizations,or on efforts that meet pressing needs," the White House report said.

Most charitable organizations do not focus attention on issuesimportant to many people of color, the report noted. In 1997, some 8percent of all foundation grants went to issues important to many peopleof color.

In addition, the foundations' report found that few non-white peopleare on the staffs or governing boards of charitable groups and nonprofitorganizations. Of the community foundations surveyed in the report,non-white people held 32 percent of staff positions and 24 percent ofboard of trustee positions.

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