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Advancing Racial Equity and Transforming Government: A Learning Session for Funders

Thursday, October 15, 2015 -
9:00am to 11:30am PDT
Metta Fund
Community Room, : 850 Battery St., San Francisco, CA
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Nationally and within many communities throughout California, this past year has been one of heightened attention to racial justice, lasting disparities and challenges – and yet also one of increased activism, community engagement and calls for greater commitments and leadership across many institutions, including government.

Given the reality that government played a central role in the creation and maintenance of racial inequity, there is much work to be done.  Racial inequities exist across all indicators for success-including in education, criminal justice, jobs, housing, public infrastructure and health, regardless of intent, region of the state or size of jurisdiction. Institutions, including government and philanthropy, will continue to perpetuate racial inequities unless there are intentional, strategic and sustainable interventions that lead to transformation. Two organizations that are working in this space, Government Alliance on Race and Equity (GARE) and Philanthropic Initiative for Racial Equity (PRE),  are building a solid field of practice to use the leverage potential of governmental and philanthropic transformation to advance racial equity.

As funders look for ways to help strengthen their communities, there are opportunities to engage with government partners, especially at the local, state, and regional levels. For example, within the California Endowment’s Building Healthy Communities Initiative, GARE is working to increase the engagement of local jurisdictions to advance racial equity.  Communities are seeking solutions that move beyond the provision of programs or services, to creating institutions and structures that are designed for equity and inclusion, promote greater accountability, and go beyond advocacy to implementation and partnership.   

This learning and strategy gathering is open to grantmakers who recognize the leveraging role that government can play in achieving racial equity in cities and regions and who are interested in connecting with other place-based funders and learning more about GARE, as well as other opportunities to partner to advance racial justice policy and resources.

Join Us To:

  • Learn about GARE’s approach of normalizing racial equity as a key value, operationalizing racial equity via new policies and institutional practice, and organizing - both internally and in partnership with other institutions and the community.
  • Hear examples of successful implementation of models that advance racial equity and transform government. Having elected leaders who prioritize racial equity is critical, but an equally pressing question is the role of front line staff and managers who work across the breadth (all functions) and depth (not just people in positions of power, but all staff across departments).
  • Strategize about immediate practical ways funders can engage with government, including innovative funding strategies targeted at eliminating structural racism, and opportunities to work in partnerships with government and the community at the regional level.

Speakers and Presenters

Targeted Audience 

This program is open to all NCG members and other non-member funders. Program staff and senior leaders are encouraged to attend.

If you're a member of NCG, please log in and click the "Register Now" link to register.  First time to the website, set your password.  If you are non-member funder, please email to register for this event.

About GARE & PRE

GARE is a national network of government working to achieve racial equity and advance opportunities for all. Significant leverage and expansion opportunities can emerge to set the stage for the achievement of racial equity in our communities when government makes a commitment to achieving racial equity, focuses on the power and influence of their own institutions, and works in partnership with others. We believe the transformation of government is essential for us to advance racial equity and is critical to our success as a nation.  

PRE’s mission is to increase the amount and effectiveness of resources aimed at combating institutional and structural racism in communities through capacity building, education, and convening of grantmakers and grantseekers.  Together, we recognize the importance of foundations working in new ways to both partner with, model, and potentially prod government to move at the scale our communities require.