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Moving to Racial Equity: What’s Getting in the Way!?! | A Conversation with Funders

Wednesday, April 21, 2021 -
11:00am to 12:00pm PDT
Zoom Meeting
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Private funders in the Bay Area and across the nation have long acknowledged the need to increase attention to racial equity.  Many funding leaders and organizations have made progress over recent years. Yet Latinx and other nonprofit leaders of color continue to be underrepresented, under-resourced, and undervalued in organized philanthropy’s work. Foundation leaders increasingly recognize that organizational structures and funding flows, decision-making representation and administrative oversight practices are not as responsive as they should be to the needs and grossly untapped potential of diverse grassroots communities.  And yet change is not happening at a rate or scope sufficient to make a meaningful difference. Why? What is getting in the way?

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An honest conversation on the issues, featuring Seattle-based social investment activist and thinker Vu Le and session moderator Henry A. J. Ramos, a leading social investment advisor and board chairman of the Nonprofit Finance Fund.
Key Questions to be Considered:
  1. Why are funders unable to translate good intentions into action?
  2. What can and should funders do differently to meaningfully address persistent racial inequities in their work and their workplaces?
  3. How can we best hold ourselves accountable for making a real and meaningful change?


Vu Le, Writer, speaker, and social critic
Vu Le (“voo lay”) is the former executive director of RVC, a Seattle nonprofit that promotes social justice by developing leaders of color, strengthening organizations led by communities of color, and fostering collaboration between diverse communities.
Henry A.J. Ramos, Board Chair, Nonprofit Finance Fund (moderator)
Henry A.J. Ramos specializes in management consulting services to large private foundations and nonprofit organizations. He is also a visual artist and writer, as well as a longtime senior editor and project consultant at the University of Houston-based Arte Público Press. Over the years, Ramos has served on the program staffs of the Ford Foundation, the James Irvine Foundation, and the Levi Strauss Foundation.



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