Maine Philanthropy Center

Building Connections for Maine Grantmakers

DEI Brown-Bag Lunch: Integrating Equity into Programs and Operations at the Robert and Patricia Switzer Foundation

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Tuesday, February 6, 2018 -
11:30am to 1:00pm
Elmina B. Sewall Foundation
15 Main Street, Freeport, Maine
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Part of a series of informal brown-bag lunch conversations for funders that focuses upon diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI).

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The Robert and Patricia Switzer Foundation is a results-driven family foundation that invests in individuals and organizations that drive positive environmental change. As a grantmaker, the Foundation seeks to mobilize leaders from diverse disciplines who focus on integrated solutions to environmental issues. Through its core program, the Switzer Environmental Fellowship Program, and related grants, the Foundation supports a network of more than 600 Switzer Fellows who are leaders in the nonprofit, public policy, business, academic and government sectors and working to solve today’s environmental challenges.

At this DEI Brown-Bag Lunch, Lissa Widoff -- executive director of the Robert and Patricia Switzer Foundation -- will share some of the organization's experiences integrating equity into its programs and operations, including its core Switzer Fellows initiative. We cordially invite all funders who are interested in making their programming and educational initiatives as equitable as possible. Lissa also will speak about national trends in embedding DEI in environmental grantmaking that can apply to all issues. We hope this can be a lively exchange of strategies and ideas.

The event is free -- bring your own lunch -- but we ask that you register in advance for planning purposes.

This event is open to MPC Funder Members and their invited guests. If your organization currently is not an MPC Funder Member but would like to learn more about joining in order to access member-only events, please see our Funder Member Benefits webpage or give the MPC a call at (207) 780-5039.

Do you require any accommodations in order to fully participate in this program? Contact Alyssa Lodewick at or 207-228-8289 at least two weeks prior to the program to discuss your specific needs.


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