DEI Stumbling Blocks and Questions - A Conversation with Lelia DeAndrade

Line Drawing of a Sandwich
Tuesday, September 18, 2018 -
11:30am to 1:00pm EDT
United Way of Greater Portland
One Canal Plaza, Suite 300, Portland, ME
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Members: $0.00
Non-members: $0.00
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Note:  This event is nearing full capacity.  If you would like to attend and the event is completely full, please mail Alyssa (CLICK HERE) and request to have your name added to the wait list. We are sorry for any inconvenience and appreciate your understanding.

Part of a series of informal brown-bag lunch conversations for funders that focuses upon diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI).

Join us at 11 am for casual networking over lunch. The conversation with Lelia will start at 11:30 and run until 12:45 or so.




In its statement of purpose and values, the Maine Community Foundation says that it "works with donors and other partners to improve the quality of life for all Maine people." It then explicitly states that it "is committed to equality, diversity, and inclusion" and points readers to its "Commitment to Equity" web page.

The Maine Community Foundation's desire to advance grantmaking that promotes diversity, equity, and inclusion is obvious. But putting such commitments –  which many grantmakers share   into practice isn't always easy. At this casual, brown-bag lunch, Lelia DeAndrade, senior director of grantmaking services at the Maine Community Foundation, will explore questions and stumbling blocks that well-meaning foundations and funders may encounter in their efforts to develop grantmaking programs and initiatives that are just. Lelia will draw upon her experiences in strategic grantmaking and DEI advising to share real-life examples of what to do (and what not to do) when attempting to integrate DEI into grantmaking processes.

This event is free. Don't forget to bring your lunch.

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 us a call at (207) 780-5039.

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