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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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Mismatched: Philanthropy’s Response to the Call for Racial Justice - What PSOs Need to Know

Friday, November 12, 2021 -
2:00pm to 3:00pm
Zoom Meeting

Join us for a conversation with Forum member Lori Villarosa, Executive Director, Philanthropic Initiative for Racial Equity (PRE) and PRE Senior Fellow (and former Forum member) Ben Francisco Maulbeck, as they unpack the recent report Mismatched: Philanthropy’s Response to the Call for Racial Justice and share learnings that are relevant to the unique work of PSOs.

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The Deep End of the Pool: Equity & Internal Organizational Change

Tuesday, October 5, 2021 -
2:00pm to 4:00pm
Webinar

Building on the August 9 webinar on how PSOs engaging in internal racial equity work, we are excited to continue our discussion and sharing of approaches to deep equity and internal organizational change. We’ll again be joined by Forum member panelists, Kathryn O'Neal-Dunham, Philanthropy New York, Karla Mercado, Southern California Grantmakers, and Sherylyn Sealy, Grantmakers in the Arts, in dialogue with equity transformation consultant, Sheryl Petty, Movement Tapestries. 

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Program Peer Community

Thursday, September 9, 2021 -
2:00pm to 4:00pm
Webinar

On September 9 (2 pm – 4 pm EDT | 11 am – 1 pm PDT), join our Program Peer Community Workshop to explore what it means to center racial equity in your member programs, beyond designing programs explicitly focused on racial equity. You’ll learn lessons, advice, and guidance to ensure it’s part of a thoughtful and proactive long-term commitment.

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Internal Racial Equity Work in PSOs: Reflections from the Network

Monday, August 9, 2021 -
12:30pm to 2:00pm
Webinar

Building on the July Forum webinars on racial equity assessment, this webinar supports equity practitioners in PSOs to reflect on their journeys toward developing and implementing internal racial equity capacity building. We discovered that many PSOs have been working in earnest on external offerings with their members. This webinar is designed to balance that focus and ensure that our members have support for their internal journeys as well.

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