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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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Demographic Data Collection

Insight, Impact, and Equity – Collecting Demographic Data Report

There is great interest among grantmakers in demographic data, but no consensus or shared purpose yet on what data should be collected and how it should be used. This preliminary research on demographic data collection serves to create a baseline understanding of where the field is in demographic data collection that covers both the process of data collection and current use of demographic data.

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Think Tank: Equitable Evaluation Initiative

Resources from a concurrent session during the 2019 Forum Annual Conference in Cleveland, OH that featured Jara Dean-Coffey of Luminare Group and Equitable Evaluation Initiative who discussed what is happening with Equitable Evaluation and what can be done to continue to move toward implementing it into our work. This session highlighted strategies to implement, and encourage foundation members to make use of equitable evaluations. 

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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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