Springboard Session — The Role of Philanthropy in Advancing Equity: What is equity and why should we care about it?

As funders, we seek to solve some pretty entrenched social challenges, but we don’t often engage in courageous discussion about the deep historical context that creates opportunities for some in our country and the lack of opportunities for others. How can we best ensure that our efforts are having the intended effect if we aren’t exploring the systemic issues that lie under the surface of our investments?

We are excited to convene a dynamic panel of philanthropy practitioners to share their equity journeys: Fred Blackwell, CEO of The San Francisco Foundation; Ellen LaPointe, President and CEO of Northern California Grantmakers; and Justin Steele, Principal at Google.org. We’ll explore how we can each play an important, active role, both as concerned citizens and funders, in advancing equity.

We’ll tackle some of the following questions and more:

  • What is equity? Why should we care about it?
  • What happens when we don’t explicitly focus on it?
  • What does a focus on equity look like in practice for an individual and/or an organization?

What to bring: an open and curious mindset.

RSVP to join us today. Caution: This experience could be transformative!

12:00pm lunch; 12:30pm program begins.


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