What Does It Mean to Be Black-Led? - Going Beyond Demographics

Wednesday, May 17, 2023 -
3:00pm to 4:30pm EDT
Virtual Meeting - Register by 5/16 (Members of Collaborators, go to How Do I Sign Up?)
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Despite the recent uptick in organizations committing to centering DEI (diversity, equity, and inclusion) in the workplace, many DEI initiatives rely too heavily on performative measures, such as ad-hoc committees and/or tokenistic representation in leadership, rather than values-centered approaches. This includes donors and philanthropy organizations who prioritize these quantitative metrics in their funding decisions related to racial justice organizations and initiatives.

In response to this trend, Service Never Sleeps (SNS), a Black-led organization itself, launched a research project focused on the question, "What does it mean to be Black-Led?" to center and learn from Black leaders' experience and values-centered approaches as the way forward to building equitable organizations and workplaces.

Please join us for a snapshot presentation on this research project led by SNS' co-founders, where they will share the data and findings from engaging 27 nonprofit leaders and race equity experts and what the next phase of the project will look like. There will be time in breakout groups to reflect with your peers.

What will you learn?  

  • How to deepen your understanding of what being a Black-led organization means beyond the traditional qualifiers of leadership demographics
  • Insights on the unique value and experience Black leaders offer and common barriers that they face
  • What allyship and solidarity can look like in relation to supporting Black leaders, supporting Black-Led organizations, and being pro-Black
  • The role that philanthropy can play in advancing this work


Who should attend?

All interested funders, regardless of roles. What to expect: presentation, with breakouts.

How do you sign up?

This program is for PNY Members and the Members of Collaborators only.

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

Members of Collaborators: Please email register@philanthropynewyork.org with your name, title, organizational affiliation, business mailing address, and phone number. Please indicate by which organizer you were invited. (no fee)

Please email register@philanthropynewyork.org if you have any questions.

Registration is required by May 16th. 

Registrants will receive the webinar link a day prior to each session.

What else should you know?

  **This is a part of our From Possibility into Practice program series, to build on the collective reimagining of a philanthropic ecosystem characterized by trust, relationship, and accountability to the society we want to be.

Service Never Sleeps, founded in 2015 by Whitney Parnell and Samson Girma, is a Black-led organization building a socially just world by catalyzing individual action to advance racial and social justice through Allyship & skills-based service.

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