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RSVP Today! Racism in Philanthropy: Effective Practices for Grantmakers

Grassroots Education Series

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Schott Foundation's 25th Anniversary Webinar Series:
Racism in Philanthropy: Effective Practices for Grantmakers
Friday, April 21, 2017 at 2:00 pm EST

Chris Cardona
Chris Cardona
Program Officer
Ford Foundation
Michael McAfee
Michael McAfee
Edgar Villanueva
Carly Hare
Coalition Catalyst/National Director
CHANGE Philanthropy
Edgar Villanueva
Edgar Villanueva
Vice President of Programs & Advocacy
Schott Foundation

Philanthropy has a long history of providing much-needed resources for historically marginalized communities of color. Many foundations and donors view their investments as the solution to social problems that are rooted in poverty.

But is this approach enough to address racial disparities that persist across education, health and economic opportunity?

What does it take to reach full and true racial equity in these domains? How is philanthropy — as a field — measuring up in our own progress to apply a racial equity lens to our internal operations and our giving strategies when foundation staff are overwhelmingly white, with board members even more so (84%)?

And does our hesitance to be open and honest about race hurt the very communities we’re trying to help?

It’s time for a brave conversation about the role racism has in perpetuating the disparities we’re working together to eliminate — and how we, as philanthropy, given our history of privilege and wealth — can be a more authentic partner with community to address healing and reconciliation in our world.   

Join the Schott Foundation, philanthropic partners and community leaders for an exclusive webinar — part of our 25th anniversary celebration — in which we will examine philanthropy’s role in addressing structural racism from the inside out.

We will discuss both the progress philanthropy has made and challenges that remain.  We will also highlight practices and strategies for improving as a field to advance equity within our communities.

Our speakers will include Chris Cardona of the Ford Foundation, Michael McAfee of PolicyLink, and Carly Hare of CHANGE Philanthropy. Schott Foundation Vice President of Programs and Advocacy Edgar Villanueva will moderate.

Chris Cardona is a program officer at the Ford Foundation where he is responsible for programming the foundation’s U.S. portfolio on improving philanthropic infrastructure and practice, which seeks to help build an enduring capacity in philanthropy to advance equity and inclusion with an intersectional lens. He is also a member of the Foundation’s BUILD team, focused on grantee organizational strengthening. Before joining Ford in 2015, Chris led philanthropic services for TCC Group, specializing in strategy, capacity-building, and evaluation for the social sector. Previously, Chris worked at Hispanics in Philanthropy, where he last served as program director for the Northeast, managing seven grantmaking sites, and developing and implementing fundraising strategies.

An active speaker, writer, and blogger, Chris has been published in The Foundation Review and on the blogs of Stanford Social Innovation Review and Grantmakers for Effective Organizations, among others.

Chris serves on the boards of Red Hook Initiative, a Brooklyn-based nonprofit that empowers youth to create change in their community through education, employment, and leadership, and the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation, which seeks to improve the lives of Arkansans through education, economic development, and economic, racial, and social justice.

Chris earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from Williams College, and a master’s degree and Ph.D. in political science from the University of California at Berkeley.

Michael McAfee is the president of PolicyLink and leads its executive and program teams in strategic planning, policy development, policy campaign strategy, capacity-building, and programmatic design and implementation at the local, state, and national levels. He came to PolicyLink in 2011 as the inaugural director of the Promise Neighborhoods Institute at PolicyLink. Under his leadership, PolicyLink has emerged as a national leader in building cradle-to-career systems to ensure that children and youth in our nation’s most distressed communities have a pathway into the middle class. His partnership with local leaders in more than 60 communities contributed to significant improvements in the educational and developmental outcomes for children and helped attract public and private investments that exceed $1 billion. Through the 2015 authorization of the Every Student Succeeds Act, the Promise Neighborhoods program is now a permanent federal program.

Before joining PolicyLink, Michael served as a senior community planning and development representative in the Chicago Regional Office of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). He also served as the lead instructor with HUD’s Leadership Development Program. He is most proud of personally ensuring the successful matriculation of more than 168 senior executives through the Leadership Development Program.

Michael believes that every American deserves access to opportunities that give them a fair shot at succeeding in life. He is an Annie E. Casey Foundation Children and Family Fellow, Aspen Institute Ideas Scholar, and Leap of Reason Ambassador.

He served in the United States Army, completed Harvard University's Executive Program in Public Management, and earned his doctorate of education in human and organizational learning from The George Washington University. He is an avid off-road hiker and practitioner of Bikram yoga.

Carly Hare (Pawnee/Yankton) strives to live a commitment to advancing equity and community engagement through her professional and personal life. Carly serves as the Coalition Catalyst/National Director of CHANGE Philanthropy. Carly lead Native Americans in Philanthropy as its Executive Director from 2010-2015 after five years of membership, and serving on the NAP Board of Directors. Carly held the position of the Director of Development for the Native American Rights Fund from 2009-2010. She served as Director of Programs for The Community Foundation Serving Boulder County for five years.

Carly is currently the Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Common Counsel Foundation and Treasurer of the Highlander Research and Education Center Board of Directors. Carly has served on planning committees and presented at over 30 conferences at the intersection of equity and philanthropy. She is a proud daughter, sister, auntie, ally, friend and equity advocate. Carly’s Pawnee name is <i kita u hoo <i ]a hiks which translates into kind leader of men.

Edgar Villanueva is the Vice President of Programs and Advocacy at the Schott Foundation for Public Education. In this role, he oversees grantmaking, communications, and other policy/advocacy supports for community partners. He also is an instructor at The Grantmaking School at the Johnson Center for Philanthropy at Grand Valley State University and is author of a forthcoming book exploring race and power dynamics in the philanthropic sector.

Edgar has significant social justice philanthropy experience having served in leadership roles at both the Marguerite Casey Foundation in Seattle, Washington, and at the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust in North Carolina.  Edgar also served as the executive director at a center based at the University of North Carolina Wilmington focused on providing capacity-building to regional, rural nonprofits and foundations. He was also the founding executive director of the North Carolina American Indian Health Board, a statewide nonprofit working to advance health equity for American Indians through research, education, and advocacy, housed at the Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity at Wake Forest University.

For many years, Edgar has been a social justice advocate on behalf of marginalized communities. He has held leadership roles on various boards and advisory committees such as The Executives’ Alliance to Expand Opportunities for Boys and Men of Color, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Forward Promise National Advisory Committee and Native Americans in Philanthropy. Edgar earned a bachelor of arts in theology from Jackson College of Ministries in Jackson, Mississippi, a bachelor of science in public health, and a master of health administration from the UNC Gillings Global School of Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.