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A National Reckoning on Race

December 17, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EST

This webinar is the fourth program in the EOF post-election virtual funder learning series.

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The twin pandemics of COVID-19 and systemic racism have spurred a new moment of reckoning and national uprising for racial justice. Three funder colleagues shared how they are responding to the call for action to build real power for Black communities and demand bold systems and institutional change in civic engagement, criminal justice, employment and social supports. Hear from Will Cordery on the M4BL Donor Organizing Committee and recent effort to raise $50 million for M4BL. Samantha Tweedy on Robin Hood’s new “Power Fund,” and work to address the interplay of racial justice and economic justice through their work and Aisha Alexander-Young on her work with a new funder collective, Resourcing Radical Justice as well as the Meyer Foundation’s new $20 million Fund for Black-Led Change and journey to center racial equity in their grantmaking.


Breechaye Milburn, Wellspring Philanthropic Fund

Will Cordery, Leverage Philanthropic Partners and Movement for Black Lives

Samantha Tweedy, Robin Hood

Aisha Alexander-Young, Meyer Foundation









Pre-Session Reading:

Philanthropy has said it would focus on ensuring Black lives matter before, then let up as attention moved elsewhere. We must not falter as a field again. Read More Here:  https://nonprofitquarterly.org/dear-philanthropy-these-are-the-fires-of-anti-black-racism.

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Collective Action Examples

  • The Inland Empire Funders Alliance launched the Black Equity Fund, with a $5 million fundraising goal and innovative model of philanthropy. The Black Equity Fund is the first known regional pooled fund on Black equity that brings together statewide, regional and local funders as well as private donors and corporate philanthropy, working in partnership with leaders of the Inland Empire Black Equity Initiative to advance their priority issues.
  • Borealis supports ten donor collaboratives that create opportunities for donors to learn from the field and direct resources to innovative leaders, organizations, and movements pursuing transformational change, including the Black Led Movement Fund, which invests in the ecosystem of the Movement for Black Lives (M4BL) by resourcing the powerful local organizations that anchor this movement infrastructure. 
  • The Black Liberation Pooled Fund was launched in June 2020 as a critical opportunity for donors and foundations to step up in defense of Black lives. Through the Black Liberation Pooled Fund, Solidaire is moving money to the powerful ecosystem of Black-led social change organizations around the country, and will make multi-year grant commitments, with the first $10 million moving within 2020-2022. 
  • The Denver Foundation, Colorado Health Foundation, Mile High United Way, and a men’s giving circle called Denver African American Philanthropists created the Black Resilience in Colorado Fund, which has a goal of making $1 million in grants during its first year.
  • Backed by an eclectic mix of funders, many of whom are newcomers to Black-led movement-building, the Democracy Frontlines Fund is an exercise in reimagining philanthropic norms. Over three years, it’ll provide $36 million in general support to a slate of 10 Black-led movement organizations, themselves selected and curated by a “brain trust” of eight women with deep experience at the intersection between predominantly white-led philanthropic spaces and movements spearheaded by people of color.
  • Philanthropic Collective to Combat Anti-Blackness & Realize Racial Justice will raise $25 million and invites additional funds to invest in a visionary and historic Black-Led Movement Fund.
  • Resourcing Radical Justice is a new funder collective that centers Black liberation as the path to a thriving Greater Washington region.

Individual Foundation Initiatives

Center Grantmaking in Racial Equity Examples

  • The California Endowment has issued a new ten-year strategic plan and framework focused on transforming health and communities with people power that will target funding to communities of color and grassroots leaders. 
  • Consumer Health Foundation has made a commitment to achieving health equity through racial equity and economic justice and is shifting their focus from charity to powerbuilding.
  • The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation announces new steps to address system racism including $18 million in funds this year dedicated to combating systemic racism, a new 10-year $150 million racial justice initiative, and intentional efforts to add a racial justice lens to their ongoing programs and operations.

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December 17, 2020
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EST
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