#PhilanthropySoWhite: What Is the Role of White Leaders in Philanthropy in Dismantling White Supremacy

Friday, February 19, 2021 -
12:00pm to 1:00pm EST
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Presented by Decolonizing Wealth Project in partnership with the Schott Foundation for Public Education and The Nellie Mae Education Foundation

In 2018, Edgar Villanueva, author of Decolonizing Wealth, moderated the first #PhilanthropySoWhite webinar to discuss white leaders’ role in philanthropy in supporting racial justice. The title raised eyebrows, but the conversations that transpired were vulnerable, truth-speaking catalysts to sector-wide discussions about the urgent need to change philanthropy’s approach to diversity, equity, and inclusion and a call to action for white leaders.

So, more than two years of reckoning, uprising for racial justice, a pandemic, and a turbulent election - where do white leaders in the sector find themselves and their leadership regarding racial justice in and outside of their organizations? Philanthropy remains so white, but progress has been made, and there have been some interesting learnings on the journey.
In round two of #PhilanthropySoWhite, Edgar will be joined by:

• Nick Donohue, President & CEO, The Nellie Mae Education Foundation
• John Palfrey, President, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
• Hilary Pennington, Executive Vice President of Programs, Ford Foundation

We’ll explore areas of progress, the pain points of the journey, and what the next two to four years might look like specifically for white leaders in philanthropy working to create anti-racist organizations and giving practices representative and inclusive of the communities and cultures that it serves. Vanessa Daniel, Founder and Executive Director of the Groundswell Fund, will offer an end of session reflection and response to the discussion on confronting whiteness in philanthropy.

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