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Time to Act: Applying Universal Values and Rigor in Equity-Centered Philanthropic Practice

Tuesday, August 9, 2022 -
11:00am to 12:30pm PDT
The Battery, 717 Battery Street, SF, CA
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Confronting and transforming the devastating harm of a planet in crisis along with the ongoing reckoning of persistent deep inequities stands as The Work of our time. Many of us feel a blend of overwhelm, unknowing, and grief - perhaps even guilt and anxiety - that may drive paralysis. Philanthropic investments in Black, Indigenous, and other People of Color-led efforts to revitalize our economy, enliven democracy, and heal our planet can be among our generation’s most brilliant legacies. The actions we'll discuss are some of the core competencies mentioned in Get It Right: 5 Shifts Philanthropy Must Make Toward an Equitable RegionThe shifts put forth in the report are not necessarily new, but they underscore the basic tenets of the changes that philanthropy needs to make to eliminate inequitable structures, policies, and practices and advance opportunities to generate security, healing, and new possibilities for those currently living on the margins.

Join us to find out what you, as a philanthropic leader, can do to advance them.

Our Call to Action:

  1. For the sake of our collective future, all philanthropic funders can address the systemic ways in which intersecting crises affect health, food systems, democracy, human rights, economic opportunity, and ecological vitality. There are extraordinary opportunities to make large-scale and transformative change.
  2. Philanthropy has resources and networks to offer, especially to communities experiencing the greatest harm and the social movements and trusted, capable leaders already walking the path toward a more promising future.
  3. Effective philanthropic practice is both a moral and practical imperative if we are to halt and respond to the ongoing impacts of structural racism, pandemic disease, and the climate crisis; stop climate pollution; and revitalize strategies that support us to live in harmony with nature.


Armando Castellano, Trustee, Castellano Family Foundation
Armando Castellano is an arts advocate and philanthropist who resides in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is a professional musician and bilingual teaching artist who plays the French horn, performing and teaching internationally. He sits on 3 boards including as a founding board member of the Donors of Color Network. Additionally, he is a second generation family member and trustee of the Castellano Family Foundation, a community embedded foundation funding Latino serving and led nonprofits throughout the region, as well as championing DEI, cultural competency and race equity within the philanthropic field at large.
Allison Magee, Executive Director, The Zellerbach Family Foundation
Allison has worked for the City and County of San Francisco, where she has served as a leader in strengthening services for system-involved youth and their families. Her recent work as Deputy Director of the San Francisco Juvenile Probation Department includes the development of a national model for juvenile justice system reform. She also worked to build a local network of partnerships with San Francisco's community service providers. Allison has extensive experience in both the public and nonprofit sectors, and she has been recognized for her efforts locally and nationally. She holds a Master's Degree in Public Policy and Administration and a Master's Degree in Social Work from Columbia University. She was also awarded a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science from San Francisco State University.
Dwayne S. Marsh, President and CEO, Northern California Grantmakers
Dwayne S. Marsh joined Northern California Grantmakers (NCG) in September 2020, bringing 27 years of experience in the public, nonprofit, and philanthropic sectors with a career commitment to advancing racial and economic equity. Prior to NCG, he served as co-Director of the Government Alliance on Race and Equity (GARE) and Vice President of Institutional and Sectoral Change at Race Forward. During his tenure, the membership network of local, regional, and state entities committed to advancing racial equity through the policies, practices, and public investments grew from just over 20 to nearly 200 participating jurisdictions. Marsh brings to NCG expertise and considerable experience coalition building for regional equity and leadership development for policy change. Marsh’s career includes six years as a senior advisor in the Office of Economic Resilience (OER) at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development; a decade at PolicyLink, the national organization committed to economic and social equity; and eight years directing the FAITHS Initiative at the San Francisco Foundation. There, he built a nationally renowned community development and capacity building program that continues to this day. His career has been defined by supporting communities traditionally marginalized from full participation in our economy and society to build power and leverage lasting systems transformation.

Target Audience

This event is for foundation CEOs, board members, and trustees; individual donors giving directly or through donor advised funds or giving circles; and others involved in governance and decision-making around policy and resource allocation (e.g., Vice President of Programs and similar).


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