Philanthropy New York’s 42nd Annual Meeting - Looking Back, Moving Forward: A Time of Reckoning

Thursday, June 3, 2021 -
1:00pm to 4:30pm EDT
Virtual Meeting - Register by 6/3
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Philanthropy is navigating a great wave of change. As our sector grapples with the context in which our work is embedded, we are acknowledging how deeply entrenched racialized inequity has shaped our landscape, both before and during the pandemic.

We have the opportunity to engage this sector’s power to dismantle the systems that stand in the way of a more just, equitable, and sustainable society. As our community endeavors to be accountable, we must examine the structures we want to address while working to shift our practices at an institutional and interpersonal level.

This is a time for the philanthropic sector to both reflect on our past and adapt to create a more equitable future.

During this half-day conference, we pose the questions: 
  • As we acknowledge racist policies, practices, and their impacts in our philanthropic work, how have our practices changed?
  • How can we dismantle deeply held ways of thinking that have shaped our sector?
  • Can philanthropy be transformed in service to racial equity?
  • What actions can each of us take to be a part of creating new practices, policies, and ultimately, institutions?


Pre-Conference: Wednesday, June 2, 3:30-4:30 PM, ET

Join us for the Annual Meeting of the membership and cast your vote to appoint Philanthropy New York’s new Directors. We will also celebrate the accomplishments of the last year, thank outgoing members of our Board of Directors, present Board Chair, Kyung Yoon, with the David Rockefeller Award for her service to Philanthropy New York, and welcome the PNY Board's new Executive Committee.

Annual Meeting: Thursday, June 3, 1:00-4:30 PM, ET 

This half-day conference will allow us to collectively grapple with the inequities laid bare by the public health crisis and commit to re-envisioning a more equitable and sustainable future. Plan on being inspired by Philanthropy New York’s signature Phil Talks – dynamic, short presentations by fascinating individuals who are making extraordinary changes through their work. Close out the afternoon in facilitated workshops, and get ready to make commitments in community with one another.


1:00 PM:  Welcome and Overview

1:20 PM:  Artist: An Invitation to Open Toward

Award-winning poet and professor Aracelis Girmay will share her intimate and transformative poetry and lead you in an experiment rooted in attention and "listening toward." Join us for a beautiful, interactive, and awakening experience.

1:30 PM:  Phil Talk: A Look Back - What Happened Then Impacts Us Now

Author Gretchen Sorin (Director, Cooperstown Graduate Program and Author, Driving While Black: African American Travel and the Road to Civil Rights) shares how the nation's racist policies and practices have shaped our landscape today. From housing to healthcare to policing, Dr. Sorin will unpack often invisible stories that are still impacting our current narratives.

1:45 PM:  Funders Panel: Dismantling Narratives - From Transaction to Transformation

Funding colleagues will share the ways they have named white supremacy culture within their institutions, challenged their own deeply held beliefs, and navigated the discomfort that often accompanies organizational and personal learning. This panel will talk about the challenges that emerge when we work to shift power, center relationships, and move from transactional to transformational philanthropy.

2:45 PM: Break

2:55 PM: Phil Talk: How To Use Your Personal Power for Institutional Transformation

Hear JaNay Queen Nazaire (Senior Advisor, PSG Equity, Fellow, PolicyLink, and Senior Advisor, Living Cities) compel us to identify our personal agency and ability to lead through the choices we make. Examine the ways that we uphold or dismantle the systems that each of us plays a role in creating.

3:15 PM:  Facilitated Workshop: Accountability and Co-Conspiracy

Join your colleagues to turn learning into action in one of these workshops designed to support those in programming, operations, and leadership roles.

Equitable and Inclusive Leadership: Bianca Anderson and Monisha Kapila (ProInspire) will walk you through their soon-to-be published Leadership Model for Race Equity Impact that supports individuals and organizations in identifying how their practices can create and sustain race equity experiences and outcomes within the social sector. Explore how understanding inequities, aligning values, centering relationships, and sense of identity are core values for leaders to advance equity. 

Organizational Transformation: Angela Park, consultant, researcher, and educator, will review key facets of the work to transform philanthropic organizations from the inside, to embed equity across your operations -- from internal policies and practices to organizational culture. She will highlight questions you should ask to bring an equity analysis to the internal actions and decisions you make and facilitate sharing and learning from each other. 

Racial Justice Grantmaking: Lori Villarosa (Philanthropic Initiative for Racial Equity) will guide you in exploring key lessons informed by racial justice movement leaders and philanthropic change agents. This interactive session will clarify some of the core components of moving your grantmaking from a racial equity lens to a racial justice lens, including responding to resistance and effectively investing in movement ecosystem without inadvertently adding to sector inequities.

4:15 PM:  Closing Remarks and An Invitation

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Philanthropy New York's Annual Meeting is open to members only and special guests.

How to Register

Members: To register yourself and/or a colleague at your organization, please log in and click the Register Now link above. (no fee)

Registration deadline: June 3rd.

Please note: Participants will automatically be registered for the Pre-Conference session on June 2nd.

**Registrants will receive log-in details before the program.**

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