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Placing Equity at the Center of Our Work
Yolanda-Caldera-Durant, director of programs, Fund the People

A few weeks ago I had the exciting opportunity to participate in GEO’s national conference on the organization’s 20th anniversary in San Francisco. Equity was a key theme of this gathering of 950 funders from the U.S. and abroad. Participating in several challenging and thought-provoking discussions, both in formal sessions and informal conversations, underscored this important moment where equity and inclusion is at the center of the work many of us are seeking to advance. The reality is that this work is difficult and messy, and we need all the allies and support we can get to advance equity and inclusion. Read more>>

From the Field
Awake to Woke to Work: Building a Race Equity Culture

U.S. nonprofits neither reflect nor fully understand the populations they are looking to help because they have failed to embrace a fundamental element of social impact: race equity.

Research by Equity in the Center offers nonprofit and philanthropic organizations a new framework for approaching race equity — and for ensuring that the billions they invest annually in driving social change is making a greater impact.

The study, Awake to Woke to Work: Building a Race Equity Culture, is the result of extensive research on race equity at nonprofits and foundations that includes insights from more than 140 practitioners, thought leaders, and subject matter experts on diversity, inclusion, and race equity in the social sector.

It finds that while many people who work in the sector understand the need to develop a Race Equity Culture in their organizations, the organizations have struggled to implement the changes necessary to achieve this goal.

In turn, they are missing opportunities to achieve greater impact.

“It starts with culture,” Equity in the Center Director Kerrien Suarez said. “A Race Equity Culture creates the conditions that help us center race equity in our life and in our work. Organizations that build a Race Equity Culture and intentionally infuse their strategy with race equity can actually weaken structural racism and broaden the reach of their work to long-marginalized individuals. By doing this, they will not only help the populations they serve, the organizations themselves will become more effective at driving social impact.”


Power Moves: Your essential philanthropy assessment guide for equity and justice
Foundation leaders and staff working to end inequity and injustice have access to a number of resources to enhance their impact on issues and communities they care about. These tools are important, but they provide only a partial picture of what is working and what is not. As a result, grantmakers may be missing opportunities to contribute to significant progress towards achieving ambitious goals.

Now grantmakers can conduct an assessment that takes into account the full picture of what it takes to have a true and lasting positive impact through Power Moves: Your essential philanthropy assessment guide for equity and justice by the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP).

Power Moves helps funders solicit feedback from stakeholders to determine if they are:
  • enabling equitable, long-term solutions instead of temporary fixes;
  • earning the trust of peers, partners, and the communities they serve; and
  • serving as a legitimate, powerful, and relevant voice on issues they care about.
Many grantmakers across the country are working to make all our communities safe, healthy, and secure. But existing policies and practices are stacked against some populations.

Power Moves is based on the tough reality that lasting equitable outcomes are possible only when people and communities that traditionally do not have power are given the ability to change the rules and help secure a thriving future.
Invest in Equity Inside the Nonprofit Workforce

Fund the People envisions an inclusive nonprofit sector that supports a highly-inclusive, high-performing, high-impact, and high-endurance nonprofit workforce.

It is crucial to place equity and inclusion at the heart of investing in the nonprofit workforce. Organized philanthropy and the social sector will not end the deficit of investment in the nonprofit workforce until organizations have the incentives, political will, resources, and skills they need to build teams that reflect, understand, and represent America’s diverse communities. On the other hand, we will not ensure equity and inclusion until we maximize overall investment in the nonprofit workforce.

Unfortunately, the issues of nonprofit human capital and equity and inclusion are not commonly addressed as a single challenge. Read more>>

From "Invest in Equity Inside the Nonprofit Workforce" in Fund the People Toolkit.
Fund the People: How and Why to Invest in the Staff of Grantee Organizations
How can funders advance nonprofit equity, performance, impact, and sustainability? By investing in grantee staff and the systems that support them!

No matter the size, issue focus, or model of your foundation, watch the live-stream of this skill-building workshop to help you gauge how and why talent-investing can be crucial to the success of your grantmaking and the causes you support.


Hosted by:
   Philanthropy New York


  - Yolanda Caldera-Durant, Fund the People
  - Holly Delany Cole, Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund
  - Rusty Stahl, Fund the People
We want to learn from you! Does your foundation intentionally deploy resources to build the support systems that enable grantees to develop their staffs? Let Yolanda Caldera-Durant know!
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