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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. 

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Sarah Eagle Heart - Changing the Narrative

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08/2018
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.
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Michael McAfee - Changing the Narrative

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08/2018
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.
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Cristina Jiménez - Changing the Narrative

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08/2018
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.
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Richard Rothstein - Advancing Racial Equity in America

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08/2018
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.
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Dr. Elizabeth Hinton - Advancing Racial Equity in America

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08/2018
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.
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Grant Oliphant - What Does Courageous Philanthropy Look Like?

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08/2018
Grant Oliphant, President & CEO of The Heinz Endowments, gave an inspiring keynote presentation at the 2018 Forum Annual Conference in Boston, MA on July 17. He is a vocal and outspoken philanthropy leader who stresses the importance of foundations speaking out against government policies and decisions that are at odds with their work.
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Plenary Session: The Future of Collaboration and Partnership for Philanthropy

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08/2018
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.
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Closing Plenary Session – Changing the Narrative

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08/2018
This conference plenary session, entitled “Changing the Narrative,” focused on changing the false narratives that have been told in our country about communities of color. It featured presentations from Sarah Eagle Heart, Executive Director of Native Americans in Philanthropy; Cristina Jiménez, Executive Director and Co-Founder of United We Dream; Michael McAfee, President of PolicyLink; and Violinist and Composer Shaw Pong Liu of Code Listen. The session was held on July 18, 2018, at United Philanthropy Forum’s 2018 Annual Conference in Boston.
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Racial Equity Scan - Inventory Speakers, Facilitators and Trainers

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07/2018
The Forum conducted a scan of regional and national philanthropy-serving organizations (PSOs) in February through May 2018 to get a more comprehensive understanding of PSOs’ current work and future needs to advance racial equity in philanthropy. The scan reflects the input of 43 regional and national PSOs that participated in the scan survey and/or the scan interviews, representing more than half of the Forum’s membership. As part of the scan, the Forum has compiled this inventory of racial equity-focused speakers, facilitators and trainers who scan participants have used and would recommend...

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