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Advancing racial equity, diversity, and inclusion in philanthropy is a key pillar of work and core strategic priority at the United Philanthropy Forum. The Forum envisions a courageous philanthropic sector that catalyzes a just and equitable society where all can participate and prosper. It is not possible for us to achieve this vision without addressing racial equity. Therefore, we fundamentally reject any attempt to distort, deliberately mischaracterize, or diminish the vital work underway in philanthropy to advance racial equity and racial justice.

Racial equity is not a political ideology nor a talking point, but a fundamental human right and cornerstone of democracy. Those who attempt to frame racial equity as a partisan issue, while engaging in wholesale intellectual dishonesty by seeking to redefine diversity and perpetuate false narratives, give cover to individuals and organizations that have benefitted directly from systems of inequity and seek to maintain the status quo.

As a network of organizations with varying degrees of understanding of racism and racial equity, we remain committed to helping the field prioritize and embed racial equity in every facet of philanthropic work, practices, and culture. Additionally, we seek to align with, reflect, and amplify the knowledge and expertise of Forum members, especially those PSOs that have provided long-standing leadership in advancing racial equity within the sector and beyond. This alignment includes collaborating with members to advocate for equitable policy solutions as well as other efforts to leverage the power of the Forum network to impact systemic change.

As such, the Forum and the undersigned organizations are fully committed to this endeavor and hold ourselves - and each other - accountable for uplifting and fulfilling our collective vision for the common good.

David Biemesderfer
President and CEO
United Philanthropy Forum

Amanda Andere
Funders Together to End Homelessness

Joseph Antolin
President and CEO
Asset Funders Network

Ana Marie Argilagos
President and CEO
Hispanics in Philanthropy

Deborah Aubert Thomas
President and CEO
Philanthropy Ohio

Elizabeth Barajas-Román
President & CEO
Women's Funding Network

Susie Brown
Minnesota Council on Foundations

Virginia Clarke
Executive Director
Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Funders

Aaron Dorfman
President & CEO
National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy

Deborah Dubin
Chief Executive Officer
Philanthropy Missouri

Christine Essel
President & CEO
Southern California Grantmakers

Satonya Fair
President and CEO
PEAK Grantmaking

Sean Gibbons
The Communications Network

Judy Hatcher
Executive Director
Biodiversity Funders Group

LaShanda Jackson
Executive Director
Funders' Committee for Civic Participation

Monique Jones
President & CEO

Anupama Joshi
Executive Director
Blue Sky Funders Forum

Joanne Kelley
Chief Executive Officer
Philanthropy Colorado

Laurie Liles
President and CEO
Arizona Grantmakers Forum

Frank Lopez
Executive Director
Groundworks New Mexico

Niamani Mutima
Executive Director
Africa Grantmakers' Affinity Group

Kathryn O'Neal-Dunham
President and CEO
Philanthropy New York

Anjana Pandey
Interim CEO
Philanthropy Northwest

Cema Siegel
Economic Opportunity Funders

Nicholas Tedesco
President & CEO
National Center for Family Philanthropy

Megan Thomas
President & CEO
Catalyst of San Diego & Imperial Counties

Marissa Tirona
Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees

Eddie Torres
President & CEO
Grantmakers in the Arts

Kathleen Traphagen
Lead Facilitator
Grantmakers for Thriving Youth

Maria Vizcarrondo
President and CEO
Council of New Jersey Grantmakers

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