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Grantmaking with a Racial Equity Lens | 2022 Foundations of Racial Equity Session 5

About the Series

Anti-Black racism and white supremacy are embedded in 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 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 (FRE) Series is to provide training for philanthropic practitioners to understand how anti-Black racism and white supremacy influence the field of philanthropy and to provide opportunities for action in your organizations based on what you learn here.

You can register for the full series at a discounted price or the individual sessions of your choice. We recommend attending Session 1 along with any other individual sessions you choose as it lays the groundwork for all session content. 

About Session 5

We will explore the Association for Black Foundation Executive's (ABFE) approach to grantmaking with a racial equity lens. ABFE's framework provides opportunities for grantmakers to support Black communities, and, more broadly, our greater society. ABFE’s analysis and tools build upon grantmaking with a racial equity lens but are tailored specifically to grantmaking in and for Black communities. 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 can each understand the role we play in our fight towards racial equity and justice. As a result, ABFE has created a set of tools that reduce gaps in racial disparities facing Blacks in the United States.

ABFE trainers will guide participants through an introduction to ABFE’s framework for advancing racial equity through policies and practices. The training will focus on the incorporation of a structural lens to the work of grantmaking, and an introduction to the use of core tools to advance racial equity. Three tools will be presented in this module: 1) Data disaggregation and root cause analysis; 2) Racial equity impact analysis; and 3) Communication

We will practice working with some of the tools we explore. Participants will take a deep dive to learn how to take action to advance racial equity through their foundation’s grantmaking practice.

Join Us To:

  • Learn about ABFE’s framework for advancing racial equity through policies and practices
  • Learn about ABFE’s core tools that enable grantmakers to take action to advance racial equity in your foundation’s grantmaking practice
  • Workshop one or more of ABFE’s tools to advance equity through grantmaking

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


Module A: Tuesday, January 24  | 9:30 am - 12:00 pm PT  

    Module B: Thursday, February 2 | 9:30 am - 12:00 pm PT 

    Kyumon Murrell

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