The idea of incorporating equity in philanthropy is gaining traction in the field. The reasons why may be obvious – from longstanding commitments to helping those most marginalized to recent electoral outcomes. But the how of embracing equity can prove elusive – especially when foundations turn that equity lens inward. What does equity “look like” inside a foundation? Where is the best place to start? How do foundations bring all of their staff on board with an equity agenda – especially if an explicit focus on equity is something new and different? What are the biggest challenges in incorporating equity? What are examples of equitable practices that have been successfully implemented?
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In this session, you’ll hear what foundations are doing broadly to incorporate equity internally, as well as ways three specific funders are making equity a part of their day-to-day operations. Then, you’ll have the opportunity for small group discussions and a chance to ask deeper questions of each panelist, as you create your own plan for next steps to address equity within your own foundation.
Kris Putnam-Walkerly, global philanthropy advisor, will present findings from her recent field scan, “The Road to Achieving Equity,” conducted on behalf of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. She will be joined by representatives from three very different foundations who will share how their institutions are making operational changes in order to incorporate equity in ways that encourage staff, better support grantees and partners, and achieve their missions.
- The importance of developing a common language for equity
- Options for introducing equity conversations internally and training staff
- Specific changes in human resources, investment, governance and other functions that move a foundation toward a more equitable future
- William Cordery, Program Officer, Strong Local Economies, Surdna Foundation
- Samantha Gilbert, Vice President, Talent and Human Resources, Ford Foundation
- Edgar Villanueva, Vice President of Programs and Advocacy, Schott Foundation for Public Education
- Kris Putnam-Walkerly (Moderator), MSW, President, Putnam Consulting Group
All interested funders.
8:30 - 9:00 AM Check-in
9:00 - 11:30 AM Program
Registration is required by March 7th.
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