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Working in It While Working on It: Candid Conversations with Foundations Focused on Racial Equity

Organization Members Only

In a long-overdue shift, foundations across the United States have committed to promoting racial equity, recognizing that their funding and programs can serve as a form of redress to this country’s legacy of racial and economic oppression.

Philanthropic organizations of all sizes and types are strategically focusing on equity, an effort that often involves internal dialogues about the meaning of equity within the organization alongside explicit programmatic and communications strategies that are visible to external stakeholders.

This session will explore how white led regional foundations are working on equity, how you can work effectively with your team to launch these initiatives, what types of communications are important internally and externally, how you can bring everyone along in a changing environment, and what transparency can and should look like.


Carmen Anderson
Vice President of Equity & Research
The Heinz Endowments

Bettina Sferrino

Raj Aggarwal
President & Founder

Chris Cardona
Senior Program Officer, Philanthropy
Ford Foundation

Valerie Red-Horse Mohl
Chief Financial Officer
East Bay Community Foundation