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About | Racial Equity Action Institute

Watch our information session with past participants to learn more! 


Current and historical policies are driving dramatic inequality with rising and continued racial violence, hate, and intolerance. Now, more than ever we need to put emphasis on change and action within institutions and across sectors in order to operationalize racial equity.

The Racial Equity Action Institute was developed by Northern California Grantmakers (NCG) in 2019 to do just that. We have shifted our in-person Institute to a useful virtual experience with interactive convenings for those who want to advance REDI (Racial Equity, Diversity, Inclusion) within their institutions. One sector on its own cannot solve the challenges of racial inequities – this Institute connects racial equity specialists from philanthropy, business, government, and nonprofits.

Our second annual Institute kicks off in November 2020. During this eight-month, multi-sector training, participants will gain knowledge, lessons, and tools for developing actionable strategies in their institutions with field experts and each other. The curriculum centers racial equity with an intersectional framework that recognizes the ways race is shaped and informed by class, gender, sexuality, and ability. We recognize we can achieve more together and are pleased to partner with Southern California Grantmakers (SCG) this year to create solutions for our shared challenges in the Bay Area and Los Angeles regions.


Target Audience

When thinking about applying, consider the following:

  • You are responsible for the implementation of racial equity, diversity, and inclusion (REDI) efforts at your current institution and have a minimum of 2 years of overall experience working on these issues;
  • You understand your institution’s operations, systems, programs, and leadership structure, and have a level of influence/authority to introduce new ideas, programs, etc;
  • You embrace reflection and are open to being challenged/inspired by new/different ideas on practicing REDI work;
  • You seek a space to connect with others for support, to build relationships, and to problem-solve on REDI challenges.

Meet the 2019 Inaugural Cohort