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Racial Justice in Family Philanthropy Symposium

Monday, December 13, 2021 - 9:00am to Tuesday, December 14, 2021 - 1:30pm PST
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NCG recently announced a partnership with NCFP. Members can now have access to NCFP's webinars and resources at the member rate. You can learn more about it here.

NCFP’s Family Philanthropy Racial Justice Symposium is a two-day virtual learning opportunity for family foundation board members, CEOs, senior staff, and next generation family members seeking to deepen their knowledge around racial equity frameworks and practices. Leverage Philanthropic Partners, ABFE, Resource Generation, other experts in this space will lead and facilitate multiple program tracks.

Day one will introduce fundamental topics, provide the necessary grounding for the conversations, and discuss foundational strategies. On day two, attendees will workshop their challenges, consider case studies, and determine next steps for their personal and professional journeys in pursuit of racial justice. Participants will hear from experts in the field while connecting in small groups with fellow peers at various stages of their learning.

This symposium is an opportunity for the family philanthropy community to dive deep into a range of racial equity topics such as:

  • Navigating family conflict about racial equity issues
  • Committing to racial equity and justice as individuals and a collective
  • Adopting principles and practices across your management and operations
  • Diversifying your governance structure
  • Sharing power and decision-making authority with community
  • Discussing what reparations means in the context of family philanthropy
  • Adjusting grantmaking strategies to pursue transformative change
  • Adopting listening practices and participatory grantmaking strategies
  • … and more

Featured Speakers

Edward M. Jones is the vice president of programs at ABFE. Prior to joining ABFE, he was the director of conference programming at the Council on Foundations, where he worked for 12 years. Prior to the Council, Edward worked for Micros Systems, as an operations manager, and at Amtrak, as manager, manpower utilization. Edward volunteers or supports several organizations through time, talent, and treasure. He was recently added to the 2013 Who’s Who in Black Washington, DC 3rd edition. Edward is a founding member of Black Benefactors, a social investment club/giving circle comprised of individuals, local businesses and organizations that are dedicated to addressing the societal ills facing Black people in the DC region. He is also a founding member of Black Philanthropic Alliance and Us Helping Us, People into Living, Inc. a regionally-focused HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment & overall health & well-being organization. He also serves on the Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers Racial Equity Working Group. Edward is active member/volunteer of Zion Church in Landover, Maryland and founding member of its Justice League. Edward is an appointed member of Mayor Muriel Bowser’s Serve DC Commission for volunteerism. Born in Los Angeles, Edward is a graduate of the University of Akron (OH). He especially enjoys connecting people.

Bari Katz is a NYC-based social justice educator and facilitator who works with nonprofit organizations, schools and grantmaking institutions across the United States. Bari’s work includes designing and facilitating trainings, writing custom curricula, coaching leadership teams, and supporting organizational development to create spaces and relationships where everyone’s humanity is honored and oppressive systems and dynamics are disrupted.

After serving as the Program Director for the National Conference for Community and Justice for three years in New York City, Bari went on to co-found a charter high school in Brooklyn, NY, where she served as the founding Director of Student Life. Bari served as a National Training Specialist for the Posse Foundation, a college access and leadership program for urban high school students. She helped replicate the Posse program in New Orleans, LA and Houston, TX and traveled to Posse’s nine regional offices to support program staff, evaluate curriculum, and coach trainers who work directly with Posse Scholars. In this role, Bari also co-designed national retreats for college students across the United States on topics like Gender and Sexuality, the Millennials, and Education.

Bari now serves as a consultant working with organizations across the country like DEMOS, ExpandED Schools, City Year, Let’s Get Ready, the Andrus Family Fund, JP Morgan Chase’s The Fellowship Initiative, and Literacy Trust among others, designing curricula and programs, facilitating professional development workshops, and coaching school and program staff to create inclusive spaces and equitable practices. In 2017, Bari co-authored the “social justice toolkit” for the Andrus Family Fund, which is a comprehensive, interactive curriculum with the goal of inspiring and cultivating the next generation of social justice philanthropy leaders. The toolkit (which can be found here) cover topics such as racial equity, oppressive systems and philanthropic traditions.


Anthony J. Simmons has two decades of experience in community-centered work, with a commitment to supporting people in marginalized communities and disrupting the systems which marginalize them. Currently, Anthony serves as the Manager for the Racial Equity Grantmaking Program at ABFE: A Philanthropic Partnership for Black Communities. ABFE is a membership-based philanthropic organization that advocates for responsive and transformative investments in Black communities. The Racial Equity Grantmaking Program (REGP), commonly known as ABFE’s Responsive Philanthropy in Black Communities (RPBC), focuses on the drivers of poor and disparate outcomes in Black communities—and other communities of color—and provides support and tools for leading community change efforts, particularly in places where there has been a long history of racial inequity.

Prior to joining ABFE, Anthony served as the Senior Adviser for the New York City Mayor’s Office Young Men’s Initiative (YMI), a public-private partnership created to address racialized disparities for the City’s youth of color in personal/community safety, economic security and mobility, education, and health and well-being. During his tenure at the YMI, he managed the YMI’s Equity Committee—a multi-agency advisory board with the mission toward reducing those disparities. The committee was established to promote cross-agency thinking and collaboration to increase awareness of racialized disparities and their root causes, as well as identify best practices to alleviate them. Anthony’s career in philanthropy began at the Schott Foundation for Public Education where his work focused on developing and supporting equitable funding and policy strategies, which seek to close the racialized educational opportunity gap and the school-to-prison pipeline. He has also worked in the fields of foster care social work and youth development. Anthony is a member of the board of advisors for Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy (EPIP), a national network of changemakers who strive for excellence and equity in the practice of philanthropy. He is a former co-chair of New York Blacks in Philanthropy, a local membership-based organization of Black professionals, particularly representing people of the African Diaspora, committed to strengthening networks, addressing collective challenges and fostering opportunities within the philanthropic sector.

Edgar Villanueva is an award winning author and globally-recognized expert in progressive philanthropic strategy. Edgar has managed several multi-million portfolios and has held leadership positions in various philanthropic organizations, including the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust in Winston-Salem, NC, the Marguerite Casey Foundation in Seattle, WA and the Schott Foundation for Public Education in New York City. In addition, Edgar is the founder of Decolonizing Wealth Project and Liberated Capital, a community of donors and fund that support Black, Indigenous and other communities of color. Edgar serves on the Board of Directors for Native Americans in Philanthropy, Andrus Family Fund, NDN Collective and Mother Jones. He is an Atlantic Fellow for Racial Equity as well as an Aspen Institute Civil Society Fellow. Edgar regularly contributes to various media outlets and is the author of the best selling book, Decolonizing Wealth —a book focused on equitable leadership within the philanthropic and financial sectors.


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