Racial Justice Learning and Action Network

Racial Justice LAN logoAbout the Network

The Racial Justice Learning and Action Network is an educational opportunity for family foundation trustees interested in advancing racial justice practices, both personally and professionally. Philanthropy has been slow to embrace equity and it is clear that effective and meaningful impact can only be realized with an active commitment to racial justice.

The National Center for Family Philanthropy is committed both to expanding equity practices within the organization and to helping giving families adopt a racial justice lens in their grantmaking and governance practices. The Racial Justice Learning and Action Network was designed as a space where family foundation board members can build their own knowledge of systemic racism to improve their practices, and ultimately be better stewards of the public trust.

The Learning and Action Network will equip participants with opportunities for reflection and tools for best practices through modular learning and one-on-one support. It is based on a new curriculum specially tailored to family foundation trustees, designed by Bari Katz and Edgar Villanueva and informed by NCFP Fellows Ginny Esposito, Mary Mountcastle, Kelly Nowlin, and June Wilson.

Applications for our 2020 cohort are closed.

Eligibility to Apply

  • Family foundation board member or principal
  • Have engaged in some type of personal or professional racial equity work in the past
  • In most cases, we will not accept more than one person from the same foundation. Up to two may apply. We hope participants will bring their learnings back to the board room.

Selection Process

  • NCFP seeks to build a diverse cohort, with varying interests, issue areas, asset sizes, and experience.
  • The cohort will be limited to 20 individuals.
  • In the event that you are not selected for the cohort, there will be salons (small group virtual discussions) on racial justice topics that you may join us for. Additionally, we hope to host another cohort in 2022 and can point you to resources as you continue your journey.

Expectations of Participants

Racial Justice Learning and Action Network participants will be expected to participate in four virtual learning sessions over the course of eight months.

Cohort meetings dates will be on April 30th, May 21st, June 25th and September 17th. Each session will be four hours (10am-2pm PT; 12pm-4pm CT; 1-5pm ET), with a break.

We ask that you bring your whole selves and prepare for challenging and thoughtful work. Opportunities to learn, reflect, build community, and collaborate will be available in-between the facilitated sessions.

Additionally, NCFP will host several salons (small group virtual discussions) on racial justice topics throughout the year. Salons will be available to Network participants as well as an additional 20 family philanthropy leaders who are not participants in the Network.

Salon dates will be on May 6th, June 3rd, July 29th, and October 7th. Each session will be 2 hours (11am-1pm PT; 1pm-3pm CT; 2-4pm ET). These salons are optional, though we ask that you let us know if you are unable to attend so we may make your spot available to others.


NCFP Friends of the Family discounted rate: $1,000 | Regular rate: $1,500

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If you have questions about the program or application process, don’t hesitate to contact Maya Diggs at maya.diggs@ncfp.org.

Curriculum Facilitators & Guides

Bari Katz

Social Justice Educator and Facilitator, Bari Katz Consulting

Edgar Villanueva

Founder and Principal, Leverage Philanthropic Partners and Decolonizing Wealth Project

Network Mentors & NCFP Fellows

June Wilson

Executive Director Emerita, Quixote Foundation | NCFP Fellow (2018–2021)

Ginny Esposito

Virginia M. Esposito

Senior Fellow and Founding President

Mary Mountcastle

Mary Mountcastle

Trustee, Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation | NCFP Distinguished Fellow (2018–2021)

Kelly Nowlin

Kelly Nowlin

Trustee, Surdna Foundation | NCFP Fellow (2018–2021)

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