Giving circles support and represent work in every aspect of our social fabric, providing essential support, enriching our communities and cultural life, and taking action where change is needed. However, individuals with first-hand experience often have lots of ideas and solutions, but are not always positioned to share those on a path to impact which can reinforce patterns of power and privilege that uphold systemic racism.
Join giving circle leaders Akilah Wallace, Founder and Chair and Tyeshia Wilson, Chair-Elect of HERitage Giving Fund for a two-part series where you'll learn how to recognize and utilize your members' lived experiences as a tool for racial equity. Participants will explore volunteer activities and patterns that perpetuate inequities, how to thoughtfully center member voices and lived experiences, and ultimately, how member engagement, when designed well, can be a part of supporting an end to racial inequity and social injustice.
The series will highlight real examples, both from HERitage’s work and other giving circles across the country.
Participants will learn:
- How to ensure that the goals and outcomes of your giving circle are steeped in the self-identified needs and desires of the community
- How to identify and engage your members who could act as mentors, advisors, and advocates to your work by sharing their “lessons learned” through their lived experiences