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Breakout Session | Self-Reflection and Reckoning: Exploring What’s Required to Repair Systemic Harm

The past several years’ intersecting large-scale crises and continued racialized police-involved murders have headlined the question:  What is our shared responsibility for dismantling white supremacy, transforming racial inequities, and establishing the conditions for a just and equitable future? More specifically, how might philanthropy hasten an end to anti-Black racism? How might philanthropy invest differently in people, processes, policies, and structures to repair longstanding racialized harms, restore dignity and opportunity, and establish fertile ground for healing that may advance generative new possibilities?

HOPE SF offers a robust framework and active case study for how to advance racial equity and reparative approaches. It is a 20-year, $2.5 billion human and real estate capital commitment that now spans four mayoral administrations in San Francisco. HOPE SF centers longtime residents as it seeks to transform disinvested neighborhoods and public housing communities in San Francisco. The Partnership for HOPE SF, housed at the San Francisco Foundation, is the philanthropic arm of the city-led initiative. Alongside HOPE SF, several existing and emergent initiatives across the country have taken shape around the concepts of repair, healing, and regeneration of systems. The Decolonizing Wealth Project and its sister initiative, Liberated Capital, recently issued an RFP intended to resource these initiatives and continues to call for approaches that center healing and repair alongside return of land and restoration of resources.  

What have we learned from efforts to use reparative and generative approaches to address harm and create new systems? And how might philanthropy play a role?

Join us to explore these questions.


  • Caitlin Brune, Senior Fellow, Northern California Grantmakers
  • Brandi Howard, Chief of Staff, The San Francisco Foundation
  • Theo Miller, Founder and Co-Principal, Equity & Results, LLC and Root Genius, Inc.
  • Terry Jones, Data and Community Development Analyst, City and County of San Francisco, Human Rights Commission
  • Edgar Villanueva, Founder, Decolonizing Wealth Project and Liberated Capital
  • Amy Khare, Research Assistant Professor, Case Western Reserve University
Date & Time: 
Wednesday, May 19, 2021 -
10:30am to 11:45am PDT