In the second part of this 2-part blog series by our member Catchafire, read how a commitment to DEI and specifically racial equity and justice could impact their work, primarily as viewed through the lenses of nonprofits, volunteers and grantmakers.
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion
When we can share our cares and concerns along with our joys and hopes, we can see one another’s humanity and perhaps find a common ground regardless of our political and social views. So how do we set a place at the table for our work in philanthropy to be inclusive of all voices?
Read how our member Catchafire launched its internal DEI work to better serve the community in this guest blog post by Gerard McGeary, senior director of strategic partnerships at Catchafire.
Philanthropy Ohio launched a Racial Equity Capacity Assessment for members and Ohio foundations to gain valuable insight individually and collectively on the journey to promote racial equity. Registration is open now through April 23 to sign your organization up to participate.
As February / Black History Month comes to a close and March / Women’s History Month dawns, a focus on excellence in leadership is fitting to uplift all that is deserving of philanthropic and social impact investment. Focusing on the struggles of our past has its place – so that we never forget. But highlighting the excellence in our legacies provides a vital and proactive perspective.
Today is the National Day for Racial Healing, the annual observance created by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation in 2017 and observed every year on the Tuesday following Martin Luther King Jr. Day. It is a time for contemplation and collective action on #HowWeHeal from the effects of racism and an opportunity to bring ALL people together in their common humanity and inspire collective action to create a more just and equitable world.
As a philanthropic funder, our organization is in a unique position to be a leader in influencing the dynamics that combat structural racism. Given this position of influence, I believe we have a heightened responsibility to weave deeper understanding of racial equity and social justice into the breadth of our work.
This broader awakening of privileged people to see and want to change the ugly and relentless reality of institutionalized racism—that extinguishes hope, breaks spirits, limits potential, and steals futures—has been a long time in coming. And it must not fade from view.
The way non-Black people can help is first, to listen. As Dave Chappelle recently quipped, “…the streets are talking…” and we would all do well to listen.
Foundations should consider incorporating the six following practices to address racial bias within our own organizations and grantmaking.