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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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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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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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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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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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Advancing Racial Equity in Philanthropy: A Scan of Philanthropy-Serving Organizations

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07/2018

United Philanthropy 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 involved both a survey that asked about PSOs’ current work, future needs and greatest challenges in advancing racial equity, plus in-depth interviews to discuss what it takes to do this work effectively and to identify their key challenges, barriers and opportunities for addressing systemic inequities. 

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Racial Equity Scan - Inventory Speakers, Facilitators and Trainers

Publication date: 
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...

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Nonprofit Diversity Efforts: Current Practices and the Role of Foundations

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07/2018

Based on survey responses of 205 leaders of nonprofit organizations with annual expenses between $100,000 and $100 million, Nonprofit Diversity Efforts: Current Practices and the Role of Foundations provides a collection of data on topics such as how diversity relates to the work of nonprofits and what demographic information nonprofits and funders alike are collecting — and how that information is used. The data in this report can inform foundation leaders and staff as they consider how they can most helpfully engage with their grantees on the topic of diversity.

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Structural Racism Theater: "The Pernicious Compromise"

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11/2016

Based sardonically on Masterpiece Theatre, Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers’s Structural Racism Theater introduces the viewer to concrete examples of structural racism and implicit bias. It’s edgy, dryly humorous, “shareable,” and an incredibly different direction for WRAG. The first episode, "The Pernicious Compromise," focuses on the timely topic of the Electoral College and its connection to the Three-Fifths Compromise.

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