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Driving Racial Equity in Philanthropy

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About this issue

The PEAK community has made one priority clear: Equity must be at the heart of our work.

In this issue, we feature stories from the field that will inspire you to intentionally build cultures of belonging for all, and, from no matter where you sit, embrace your power to move us closer toward racial equity and justice in our work and our world.

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What's Inside

Letter from the Editors

Coeditors Betsy Reid and Sara Sanders and our guest editors Adam Liebling and Miyesha Perry are humbled and proud to present this edition of the Journal, which is dedicated to driving racial equity in philanthropy. We also offer deep appreciation to our contributors for sharing their wisdom and experiences.

 

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FROM OUR CEO

I know what it feels like to be the “only” in a room.

According to PEAK’s Satonya Fair, advancing equity is a learning journey we need to walk collectively. Together we can dismantle institutional and systemic racism in the philanthropic sector and beyond.

 

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NOW is spelled out with a yellow sunflower in place of the O. This is a close up preview of the linked image.
Pete Railand, NOW
This print shows hands holding up sunflowers. NOW is spelled above them, with a sunflower in place of the O.
The idea that hope is a catalyst for action infuses Railand’s work featured in this issue. “Through my work, I hope to communicate to the viewer that our lives are unwritten. We can change things,” Railand says. “We can work together to make things better.” Now, which he created for the Global Climate Strike marches of 2019, features the sunflower, a symbol used in social and environmental movements for decades, from the first Earth Day in 1970 to the 2014 Sunflower Student Movement in Taiwan. Justseeds Artists’ Collaborative (justseeds.org)

Philanthropy’s Long Road Toward Racial Equity

Take a historical glance at the obstacles to equity in philanthropy and some of the movement builders who are overcoming them.

 

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How We Can Advance Support for Racial Equity and Racial Justice Funding

Lori Villarosa explains how understanding the difference between racial equity and racial justice funding empowers grants professionals to reimagine their roles to support transformative grantmaking.

 

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This piece is a small version of the linked image. It shows a young Black girl painted in blues, blacks, and creams. Her eyes are closed, but a third eye is opened on her forehead. The phrases "Humanity over everything," "Breathe," "Inner City Blues," and "Bless" are stenciled in.
Lionel Milton, Inner City Blues
This painting shows a young Black girl painted in blues, blacks, and creams. Her eyes are closed, but a third eye is opened on her forehead. The phrases "Humanity over everything," "Breathe," "Inner City Blues," and "Bless" are stenciled in.
Internationally acclaimed New Orleans artist Lionel Milton uses his art to tell the stories of the Black American experience. Inner City Blues is a mural painted along Frenchman Street. “This mural is close to my heart because it features my daughter Ella,” Milton says. “Looking through her third eye, she sees her own greatness and future. She also sees that humanity is essential over everything else.”
This image is a smaller version of the linked photo. It shows Black boy joy as four boys laugh together in various poses.
Lionel Milton, Joy
This painting highlights Black boy joy as four boys laugh together in various poses.
“Joy is a piece inspired by a feeling I get when I think about parts of my childhood. Being raised in New Orleans during Reaganomics was challenging, but I always loved it when my cousins would come over to the house. I knew I’d hear all the latest music and all the best jokes.” This painting was featured by Ashé Cultural Arts Center in The Art of Resistance, a summer 2021 exhibit that explored the idea of creative defiance.
ROUNDTABLE

Grantmakers as Changemakers: Lead an equity revolution

PEAK’s Dolores Estrada leads a conversation with Andrew Brown, Chindaly Chounlamountry Griffith, Adam Liebling, Miyesha Perry, and Ursula Stewart to explore how grantmakers can re-envision themselves and leverage their positions to drive racial equity.

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This is a close up preview of the linked piece. It features a Black person, drawn and painted in a digital format, holding the words "Your Voice Builds New Worlds" in their hands.
Kah Yanghi, Untitled
This is a close up preview of the linked image. It shows Grace Lee Boggs in blue on a purple background. She gazes to the left with her hand on her chin.
Bec Young, Grace
This is a close up preview of the linked piece. It shows a Black ancestor holding a young Black person, curled up on their lap. The two are in front of a celestial background, made up of blues, oranges, yellows, and creams.
Destiny Belgrave, They Hold Me

Making All Feel Welcome

In this series of essays, Isabella Gargiulo, Tiauna George, and Erik Stegman explore the barriers to creating cultures of belonging and the transformative power of finding and building a community.

 

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CEO:CEO

The Impact of Putting Equity at the Center of Strategy

PEAK’s Satonya Fair and Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Lisa Hamilton discuss how equity-based strategy drives change within and outside of your organization.

 

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Erica L Chisolm, Shine Different
Lenny Foster, Emancipation Day Parade
Lenny Foster, The Right to Vote
Lenny Foster, The Lunch Counter Sit-In

Use Demographic Data to Drive Equity and Impact

Kelly Brown shows you how to take a hard look at how you use demographic data can result in data-management processes that strengthen programs, reach underserved communities, and ensure that resources are deployed effectively.

 

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Champion a Culture of Allyship

Six members of the PEAK community—Jaser Alsharhan, Kelsey Andersen, Richael Faithful, Rachel Gonzales, Jody Marshall, Jenny Zhang Morgan—offer their opinions on how to best be an ally to others and how to build a larger culture of allyship from wherever you sit in your organization.

 

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Raychelle Duazo, Together We Are Home
Favianna Rodriguez, An Invitation EV 7/10
Mer Young, Solidarity

PEAK Community

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Welcome to PEAK Year 26!

Explore the latest news, starting with a look back at our 25th anniversary campaign, featuring reflections from members of our community.

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