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Forum Launches Racial Equity Capacity Assessment for PSOs

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

United Philanthropy Forum is pleased to announce the launch of the inaugural Racial Equity Capacity Assessment for Philanthropy-Serving Organizations (PSOs). Forum members will be able to complete this assessment on an annual basis to help them gauge their current capacity to engage in racial equity work, track their progress over time, and benchmark their organization against their PSO peers. The assessment will also allow the Forum to track the progress of our network as a whole over time and identify critical needs and gaps in our network.

Every person that completes the assessment will receive a copy of his or her individual responses in late November. Each PSO will receive an organization profile and resources in late February/early March 2020 to help inform its ongoing internal and external work on advancing racial equity in philanthropy.

The assessment has been designed specifically for PSOs by Forum partner Community Centered Evaluation & Research (Community CER), incorporating concepts from existing assessment tools, as appropriate, and input from Forum members gathered through the Forum’s racial equity scan and other sources. Eight Forum members participated in a pilot of the assessment, which provided additional valuable input.

Many thanks to members of the Capacity Assessment Subcommittee of the Forum’s Racial Committee for their work in guiding the development of the assessment: Leslie Boissiere, Annie E. Casey Foundation; Deb Dubin, Gateway Center for Giving; Suprotik Stotz-Ghosh, Grantmakers for Effective Organizations; and Lori Villarosa, Philanthropy Initiative for Racial Equity. Development of the assessment was made possible thanks to financial support from Borealis Philanthropy’s Racial Equity in Philanthropy Fund.

The Racial Equity Capacity Assessment is available to all Forum members. The deadline for completing the assessment is Tuesday, December 10. If you have questions about the assessment, please contact Traci Slater-Rigaud, the Forum’s Senior Manager of Member Engagement and Partnerships, at or (202)-457-8784.

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