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.
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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.
The opportunities that Philanthropy Ohio has provided over the last 13 years for members to learn and share how to strategically and intentionally advance diversity, equity and inclusion in our organizations and grantmaking have provided a foundation for how we can be responsive in this moment.
The COVID-19 pandemic has drastically altered the way of life for most people. As many of us adjust to the new demands of life, women, and especially women of color, are confronting the greatest impacts and setbacks.
On March 9 – 11, eight foundation members from across the state shared their stories with elected officials and the value of philanthropy in their districts – which is now very significant as our communities are dealing with the coronavirus pandemic. This was my first year participating in FOTH, which was an experience I will not forget.
Every day we are learning more about precautionary measures to keep our communities safe. You’re probably receiving numerous emails, social media messages and news alerts about the COVID-19 outbreak and I want you to know the health and safety of our Philanthropy Ohio members and employees is our top priority and we are here for our members and communities. Amid what’s happening in our communities, I want to share the specific steps we’re taking to keep our staff, members and local communities healthy.
Regardless of how you answer the question of whether 2020 starts a new decade or ends the old one, there’s something about the symmetry of 2020 that particularly encourages me to look ahead and think about what the year might bring that relates to the work we do at Philanthropy Ohio.
A key component in developing Philanthropy Ohio’s strategic framework was to learn about national trends in the philanthropic sector. I interviewed seven regional and national thought-leaders and reviewed numerous reports and studies. I’ve now brought this learning forward with updated information on high-level trends which grantmakers need to pay attention to.