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Foundations of Racial Equity Series 2022

Tuesday, June 14, 2022 - 9:30am to Wednesday, March 15, 2023 - 12:00pm PDT
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Anti-Black racism and white supremacy are embedded philanthropy and in our institutions, often invisible to the majority of us, even as we work with intention towards equity and justice. As change agents within philanthropy, we are stretching to become our best selves, rise to the moment, and progress toward racial equity.

In order to undo systems of oppression, we need to understand the foundations of systemic anti-Black racism and white supremacy in our country. We are all living in a culture that centers on whiteness as the standard mode of operation, fallaciously claiming that proximity to whiteness, and away from Blackness, is the measure of humanity. Each of us can understand the role we have to play in our fight towards racial equity and justice by centering systemic anti-Black racism within an intersectional framework through which we understand the social, economic, historical, and cultural dimensions of human life.

We cannot shift systems or our organizations without understanding how we got here, nor without looking at ourselves, at our relationships, and at our organizations themselves. The guiding purpose of Philanthropy California’s Foundations of Racial Equity program series is to provide training for philanthropic practitioners to understand how anti-Black racism and white supremacy influence the field of philanthropy and our practices and to provide opportunities for action in your organizations based on what you learn here.


Asynchronous Learning Circles

If you sign up for the full FRE series, you have the option of taking part in an asynchronous learning circle. These smaller groups of 4-5 people will meet at least once in between each session to explore the content shared in the FRE sessions, to work through opportunities and challenges to advance racial equity in your organization and/or in your grantmaking, and to build relationships with others who are committed to advancing racial equity.

If you opt-in for a learning circle, we will place you in a group and notify you of that grouping after the first full FRE session on June 14. In that initial email, we will provide initial instructions on how to connect with your fellow circle participants and some guidance on self-organization. 

After each session, the Foundations of Racial Equity program staff will send a series of prompts to help you begin your conversations. 

By signing up for a learning circle, you agree to:
  • Register for the full FRE series 
  • Meet at least once between each FRE session
  • Find a time to meet that works for everyone in your group
  • Set group agreements that can support you in your conversations 

Target Audience

All are welcome here, advocates and aspirants alike; Foundations of Racial Equity is a space for guidance and fellowship on the path to racial justice. Wherever you are on your journey, we invite you to consider whether this entire series or individual sessions within it, will support you in making progress on your anti-racism journey.

We acknowledge and recognize that Philanthropy California members exist on a spectrum. Some are already well along in their racial equity journey, and others are just beginning. In this training series, we’ll provide participants with opportunities to explore the foundations of racial equity, and the ways systemic anti-Black racism most commonly plays out in philanthropy. You should join this series if:

  • You are beginning your learning journey with your awareness of the impacts of systemic anti-Black racism and white supremacy in institutional philanthropy.
  • You want to bolster your anti-racism efforts with content that gives you a foundational and holistic understanding of how racism shows up in philanthropy, and how to make progress towards racial equity in your institution.
  • Your foundation does not squarely see racial equity as your target work but understands its importance.
  • You want to act on racial equity and don’t know where to start.

Please note that all functional areas within organizations are welcome, including trustees.

Cost to Participate

  • Members: $150 per session or $675 for the full series
  • Nonmembers: $200 per session or $950 for the full series

We are offering series and Individual discounts for organizations that want to register at least 4 people. Discounts apply to both members and nonmembers.

Series Discount: If you would like to register multiple team members for the series, please email

  • 4 for the price of 3
  • 6 for the price of 5

Individual Session Discount

  • 4 people attending one session for the price of 3
  • 6  people attending one session for the price of 5



The Series is made up of six sessions. Each session includes two modules. 

Session 1 will be the foundation for all other sessions in this series. It will contextualize us within history and language, giving all participants the foundations needed to explore the subsequent sessions. We strongly encourage you to participate in session one if you are planning to attend any of the other sessions.

Session 1: The Cultural, Historical, & Political Foundations of Racism

Dates: June 14 & June 21 | 9:30 am - 12:00 noon

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Session 2: Racism and the Economy: Understanding Racial Capitalism

Dates: August 2 & August 16 | 10:00 am - 12:00 noon

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Session 3: Healing Justice: An Integral Approach to Advancing Racial Justice

Dates: September 27 & October 4 | 9:30 - 12:00 noon

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Session 4: Advancing Equity through Organizational Culture and Operations

Dates: November 9 & November 16 | 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm

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Session 5: Grantmaking with a Racial Equity Lens

Dates: January 24 & February 2, 2023 | 9:30 am - 12:00 noon

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Session 6: Awake to Woke to Work: A Framework for Racial Equity in Your Organization

Dates: March 8 & March 15, 2023 | 10:00 am - 12:00 noon

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