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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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Advancing Racial Equity in Philanthropy Workshop

Resources from a concurrent session during the 2019 Forum Annual Conference in Cleveland, OH that was facilitated by Change Elemental who led a two-part workshop on how to apply an equity framework to one's work in order to advance their awareness and understanding and strengthen engagement in equity-based approaches and practices. 

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ForumNation Episode 1 - Daranee Petsod

In the first episode of our ForumNation podcast, David Biemesderfer interviews Daranee Petsod. Daranee explains how her experience as a young immigrant from Thailand has shaped her career work as a bridge-builder, what its been like for GCIR to be thrust into the frontlines of our country's immigration debate, and how surfing has helped her manage the stresses of her work.

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ForumNation Episode 2 - Amanda Misiko Andere

In the second episode of our ForumNation podcast, David Biemesderfer interviews Amanda Misiko Andere. Amanda explains why addressing racial equity is an imperative to ending homelessness in America, how her theater experience has come in handy throughout her career, and why “surrender” is her word of the year for 2020. 

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ForumNation Episode 3 - Patricia Eng

In the third episode of our ForumNation podcast, David Biemesderfer interviews Patrica Eng. She discusses the disturbing rise of hate and violence against AAPI communities due to the COVID-19 pandemic and how philanthropy can respond; how Asian Americans are often portrayed as the “model minority” while fear and racism are always simmering just below the surface; and how she views the current moment as being a potential “reset button” for philanthropy to think differently and bigger.

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ForumNation Podcast Episode 3 Transcript- Patricia Eng

A transcript of the third episode of the ForumNation podcast featuring Patricia Eng of Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (AAPIP). She spoke about the disturbing rise of hate and violence against AAPI communities due to the COVID-19 pandemic and how philanthropy can respond; how Asian Americans are often portrayed as the “model minority” while fear and racism are always simmering just below the surface; and how she views the current moment as being a potential “reset button” for philanthropy to think differently and bigger.

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ForumNation Episode 4 - Janine Lee

In the fourth episode of our ForumNation podcast, David Biemesderfer interviews Patrica Eng. She discusses SECF’s journey to develop an equity framework to guide the organization’s work, the changes she’s seen in philanthropy during her career, and her challenge to philanthropy to step up in bigger ways to meet what she sees as a “pivotal” leadership moment for the field.

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ForumNation Podcast Episode 4 Transcript- Janine Lee

A transcript of the fourth episode of the ForumNation podcast featuring Panine Lee, President & CEO of Southeastern Council of Foundations (SECF). She spoke about SECF’s journey to develop an equity framework to guide the organization’s work, the changes she’s seen in philanthropy during her career, and her challenge to philanthropy to step up in bigger ways to meet what she sees as a “pivotal” leadership moment for the field.

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Journey Toward Racial Equity Report

Journey Toward Racial Equity Report Cover

This report represents the latest in an effort by Philanthropy-Serving Organizations (PSOs) to advance philanthropic practice and impact by centering racial equity. Written by some members of United Philanthropy Forum’s Racial Equity Committee together with Community Centered Evaluation & Research, the report is based on findings of the Forum’s inaugural Racial Equity Capacity Assessment for PSOs. 

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