Putting Racism on the Table Series

Join your peers to explore key elements of racism and the role philanthropy can play in addressing racial inequity. As philanthropy works to make Ohio a better place for all, issues associated with race and racism can shape the effectiveness of efforts committed to issues as varied as education or housing, the arts or health. Explore how race-based preconceptions and actions, -- whether conscious or unconscious – contribute to disparate outcomes in our region and how philanthropy can respond.

The series, developed by the Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers, is designed to build awareness with each session featuring a 1-hour video presentation by a nationally-recognized expert, followed by an in-depth, facilitated conversation among participants.

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You will:

  • Gain a greater understanding of how racism contributes to disparate outcomes in our region;
  • Learn how philanthropy has played a critical role in supporting research and advocacy to address racism and racial inequity in the past; and
  • Explore what role philanthropy can play now and in the future.

Philanthropy Ohio Members: $120

Space is limited and available on a first-come, first served basis.

Participation in the full series is encouraged in order to foster a shared understanding within the philanthropic community. We ask that you commit to attending at least three of the sessions as each one will build on the previous sessions.

We also encourage CEOs to invite a trustee to register and join them.


Dates: May 14, June 14, July 12, August 20, September 24 and October 11

Interact for Health
3805 Edwards Road
Cincinnati, OH 45209

Registration Deadline
Monday April 30, 2018

For Program & Other Staff
Time 9:00am – 11:30am

For CEOs & Trustees
Time: 2:00pm - 4:30 pm

Topic Dates:

Structural Racism – May 14
White Privilege – June 14
Implicit Bias – July 12
A Case Study on Mass Incarceration – August 20
The Racial Mosaic of America – September 24
The Role of Philanthropy in Addressing Racism and Racial Inequity – October 11

Discussion Facilitators

Eileen Cooper Reed
Chair, InterSections

Eileen Cooper Reed is a change maker and advocate who resides in Cincinnati. Her entire adult life has been dedicated to the improvement of the human condition particularly for children and families of color. 

Meghan Cummings
Executive Director-Women's Fund
The Greater Cincinnati Foundation


Laura Smith, MPA
Regional Director, programs & learning
Philanthropy Ohio

Laura develops and delivers educational and professional development opportunities that equip Ohio’s philanthropists with the tools, training and network needed to be change agents in their communities.