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.
United Philanthropy Forum
Funders Together to End Homelessness
Hispanics in Philanthropy
Minnesota Council on Foundations
Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Funders
National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy
Southern California Grantmakers
The Communications Network
Biodiversity Funders Group
Funders' Committee for Civic Participation
Arizona Grantmakers Forum
Africa Grantmakers' Affinity Group
Economic Opportunity Funders
National Center for Family Philanthropy
Catalyst of San Diego & Imperial Counties
Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees
Grantmakers for Thriving Youth
Council of New Jersey Grantmakers