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Racial Equity Peer Learning Exchange

A Three-Part Pilot Cohort 

Is your foundation committed to racial equity work but is now struggling to navigate the tensions around introducing new racial equity-focused policies and practices in your foundation? Would a team of your staff participate in a peer learning network dedicated to helping your foundation learn and lead in this work? This peer learning exchange will comprise of 8 foundations from the Philanthropy California Network (2 foundations from each regional PSO and 2 statewide funders).

There has been some pressure for philanthropy to take more racially specific approaches to their giving in recent years. This pressure seems more justifiable than ever. The combined public health, economic, and racial violence crises are matters of racial equity and racial justice. Conversations about racial equity and racial justice in philanthropy have increased in recent years, and while this is encouraging, research also demonstrates that comparatively little philanthropic funding is given to organizations led by and serving communities of color. Increased funding to historically underserved communities is one clear way to demonstrate a commitment to change. However, in order for foundations to be better equipped to address these disparities in how they distribute resources, they have to look at themselves as institutions. This is more than a question of giving. It is also about who foundations are as organizations —the values to which they are committed and the populations they represent. It is hard to expect donors or philanthropic institutions to effectively advance racial equity externally without committing to advancing racial equity internally.

Formed in 2006, the Race and Equity in Philanthropy Group (REPG) provides a forumfor learning exchange among a core group of member foundations on policies and practices related to racial equity and various aspects of diversity, equity, and inclusion. In 2022, Philanthropy California and REPG are partnering to offer the Racial Equity Peer Learning Exchange (REPLE), a unique learning opportunity to a small group of Philanthropy California members who are already working on the implementation of equity work within their foundations.

Intended Outcomes

By the end of the series of facilitated discussions, you will be able to:

  • Connect with a peer network of leaders who are manifesting a commitment to racial equity, diversity, and inclusion in policies, practices, systems, and operations
  • Identify practical ways to revise priorities, systems, and operations as it aligns with a commitment to racial equity, diversity, and inclusion
  • Leverage peer exchange to enable concrete and practical changes and improvements in your foundation
  • Champion racially equitable and inclusive policies and practices at your foundation

Learning Exchange Session Details

  • Learning exchanges are built on REPG’s longstanding model.
  • This series is comprised of three discussion sessions over nine months; sessions are approximately three-and-a-half hours in length.
  • Eligible foundations must designate a team of 2 to 3 people to attend all sessions.
  • The interest form application helps identify key issues impacting your foundation which will help determine the framework/topics for the first session as well as future discussions.

Learning Exchange Series Schedule

  • Thursday, September 15, 2022 | 10:30 AM to 2:00 PM (including half-hour lunch break at noon)
  • Wednesday, December 7, 2022 | 10:30 AM to 2:00 PM (including half-hour lunch break at noon)
  • Tuesday, March 21, 2023 | 10:30 AM to 2:00 PM (including half-hour lunch break at noon)

Facilitators

David Maurrasse, Founder and President, Marga Incorporated (Facilitator)
REPG Guest facilitator, TBD
 

Intended Outcomes

By the end of the series of facilitated discussions, you will be able to:

  • Connect with a peer network of leaders who are manifesting a commitment to racial equity, diversity, and inclusion in policies, practices, systems, and operations
  • Identify practical ways to revise priorities, systems, and operations as it aligns with a commitment to racial equity, diversity, and inclusion
  • Leverage peer exchange to enable concrete and practical changes and improvements in your foundation
  • Champion racially equitable and inclusive policies and practices at your foundation

Designed for

  • Funders who have a foundational level of knowledge about structural and institutional racism and who are committed to incorporating new policies and practices into their organizational work.
  • This is not a racial equity 101 training. All attendees must have prior racial equity training. Foundations should have already engaged in foundational level trainings on racial equity and and have at least begun to implement policies and practices.
  • We will prioritize teams within the same organization.
  • The training is useful regardless of your role: program, operations, finance, HR, or communications. We will prioritize members who are in a position to influence their organization's practices -whether that is because they are at a managerial level or are participating in an organizational DEI process or team.
  • Although this is not a strictly people-of-color space, the cohort will consist of primarily people of color who are committed to the work within their organizations.
  • Teams that can commit to attending all 3 sessions.
  • The learning exchanges are intended to complement the work that is underway and is an opportunity for foundations to support and learn from each other as they progress on their respective journeys.

Are you interested? 

If you're interested in participating, please fill out the interest application form. Eligible applicants for this learning exchange series are by invitation only and must complete the interest application form in its entirety; there is not fee to apply or to participate in this series. The final cohort will consist of two foundations per regional association (NCG, SCG, Catalyst) and two statewide funders, for a total of eight teams.

Participants will be notified by Monday, August 8, 2022. There is no fee participation or application fee.

If you have questions, please direct them to the following:

Application deadline is Thursday July 28, 2022. Please fill out the form below to share your interest.

INTEREST APPLICATION FORM