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Strengthening Democracy and Building Black Futures

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As we mark another Black History Month and celebrate Black futures, there is an urgency for us to address the existing divisions in our country and create solutions that move us closer towards our vision of a strong, inclusive, multiracial democracy with Black communities at the center. Some of the barriers we continue to see in communities across the nation include attacks on voting rights, biased immigration policies, blatant displays of white supremacy and white nationalism, and a decline inequitable economic opportunities.

What can philanthropy do to be a strong engine for advancing racial equity and investing in efforts to establish a participatory multi-racial democracy? In order to accomplish that, we must first have a shared understanding of our history and the ways in which white supremacy has challenged that vision so that together, we can create systemic change.

The California Black Freedom Fund (CBFF) is pleased to partner with Northern California Grantmakers for its first in-person event in Northern California. We’re gathering funding institutions, individual donors, community partners, and special guests to consider ways to strengthen our democracy, expand Black possibilities, and advance racial equity. We hope you’ll join us for this exciting community-building event and powerful conversation on race, history, politics, and the role of philanthropy in advancing a vision of democracy for all.


  • Panel Conversation: 5:00 - 6:30 pm
  • Reception: 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Reception Information

The reception will be an opportunity for attendees to connect with other funders in Northern California's philanthropic community, meet funders supporting the work of CBFF, network and build the political power of BIPOC communities, meet and learn from the CBFF team on how they're supporting organizing and movement-building work in California.

Food and refreshments will be served, and there will be a networking social hour and live music after the panel discussions. 


  • James Woodson, Executive Director, California Black Power Network
  • James Herard, Executive Director, Lift Up Contra Costa
  • Tamisa Torres-Walker, Executive Director, Safe Return Project
  • Marc Philpart, Executive Director, California Black Freedom Fund
  • Ben McBride, Executive Director, LIVEFREE CA
  • Tamara Moore, Principal & Owner, The WIT Group for Equity and Social Impact


This event is being organized in partnership with Northern California Grantmakers as part of their Strengthening Democracy and 5 Shifts for an Equitable Region initiatives.

Aimee Allison

Founder and President

Dwayne S. Marsh

President & CEO

Lateefah Simon

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