2020 irrevocably pulled back the veil shrouding the politics of domination, greed, exploitation, and misogyny operating in so many spheres of life. As always, those long marginalized by virtue of aspects of identity suffered the most. In response, networks of mutual aid filled in where systems failed. People's power came to the fore, yielding an abundance of care, restored dignity, embodied compassion. Multigenerational, multiracial uprisings reclaimed not only moral authority but also the promise of the beloved community. Young people, women, activists of all colors, ages, and lineage invoked ingenuity and relentlessness to get out the vote and reclaim democracy.
The best of our philanthropic institutions and philanthropic leaders saw and responded to these glimmers of light. They reckoned with privilege and power, relevance, and efficacy in a time of convergent pandemics. For some, this brought out the best: generosity, boldness, creativity, compassion, upholding of shared humanity. Others continue to struggle to live into new realities, including the truth that organizations enlivening White supremacist and patriarchal values are fast losing relevancy and trust.
On June 30, 2020, Jamie Allison, Executive Director of the Walter & Elise Haas Fund, invited Surina Khan, CEO of the Women’s Foundation of California, engaged in a conversation about Generosity, Community, and Powerful Purpose: Resilience through Feminist Leadership. In a joyful and compelling dialogue, these philanthropic leaders discussed how honesty, love, and attention to relationships have helped their foundations build strength to withstand myriad challenges while simultaneously conceiving and co-creating new systems. Surina remarked that when we are courageous enough to adapt, learn, redesign, and restructure, we can make progress toward a world in which justice, wellness, and thriving are centered and people experience safety and wellbeing.
We’re bringing Jamie and Surina back to reflect on the balance of 2020. They’ll share what their data reveals about how intersecting and intersectional crises forged opportunities for making bold commitments to wellness, generosity, and community -and with extraordinary results. In conversation, Surina and Jamie will describe what manifested when they met suffering and crises with a commitment to abundance and well-being, both internally and in their grantmaking.
Join us to:
- Identify organizational practices that reflect a commitment to racial and gender equity, abundance, generosity, and wellness;
- Learn what changes were realized by leading with these and other intersectional feminist values
- Explore what’s possible when you trade good strategy operating within a bad system for actions to shift systems; and
- Identify where there’s still room for institutional philanthropy to do more to enact intersectional feminist leadership, with its essential commitment to dismantle racism, patriarchy, and other ideologies that undermine progress toward racial justice, liberation, and dignity for all.
This program is open to everyone.