In this video, our members share some of their strategies and thinking behind their ongoing racial equity work, as well as some of their struggles and successes.
Racial Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
The Forum has a strategic focus on advancing racial equity, diversity and inclusion in philanthropy by leveraging the power of our expanding nationwide network of regional and national philanthropy-serving organizations (PSOs).
We provide programming on racial equity, diversity and inclusion for people working at PSOs through our annual conference, webinars and in other ways. We are also focused on helping PSOs provide funders with effective resources, programming and strategies to advance racial equity, diversity and inclusion in philanthropy, guided by a new Racial Equity Working Group.
The Forum was a partner in the D5 coalition, a five-year effort organized by a coalition of foundations and associations to galvanize philanthropy’s work on diversity, equity and inclusion. D5 sought to leverage the collective knowledge, experience, and action of more than 17 organizations, representing thousands of foundations.
The Foundation Center compiles Foundation Landscapes that combine multiple resources, including data visualization tools, original research, and more to illuminate critical issues in philanthropy. This page, focused on racial equity, includes a collection of research, upcoming trainings and webinars, news articles, and blog posts from experts in the field.
United Philanthropy Forum works to advance racial equity in philanthropy. We asked our members and colleagues how they define racial equity and this video contains some of their responses.
Sarah Eagle Heart, Executive Director, Native Americans in Philanthropy, presented as part of a plenary session at United Philanthropy Forum’s 2018 Annual Conference in Boston on July 18. Eagle Heart spoke about how her organization is using popular media to help change the narrative about Native Americans in our country.
Michael McAfee, President of PolicyLink, gave this presentation on July 18, 2018, as part of a plenary session at United Philanthropy Forum’s 2018 Annual Conference in Boston focused on changing the false narratives told in our country about communities of color. McAfee urged participants to stop changing the narrative, to see his narrative and to stop being afraid of the narrative.
Cristina Jiménez, Executive Director and Co-Founder, United We Dream, presented as part of a plenary session at United Philanthropy Forum’s 2018 Annual Conference in Boston on July 18. Jiménez asked participants to be unapologetic in talking about the inclusive country that we want to build together.
Richard Rothstein, Research Associate of the Economic Policy Institute and a fellow at the Thurgood Marshall Institute of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and the Haas Institute at the University of California (Berkeley) and author of The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How our Government Segregated America. Rothstein surfaces the forgotten history of how federal, state and local policy explicitly segregated metropolitan areas nationwide.
Dr. Elizabeth Hinton (@elizabhinton), Assistant Professor of History and African and African American Studies at Harvard University and author of the award-winning book From the War on Poverty to the War on Crime: The Making of Mass Incarceration in America. Dr. Hinton examined the persistence of poverty and racial inequality in the 20th century United States.
Dr. Ibram X. Kendi, Professor of History and International Relations and the Founding Director of the Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University, shared key concepts from his New York Times-bestselling book Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America.
This conference plenary session, entitled “The Future of Collaboration and Partnership for Philanthropy,” featured three nonprofit and philanthropy leaders discussing how and why philanthropy-serving organizations can develop deeper collaborations and partnerships, at a critical moment in our sector, to increase the impact of our members and further increase our relevancy.