Equity, Inclusion, and Connecting with Community in Family Philanthropy
Board members, staff, advisors, and donors in family philanthropy.
What does inclusivity mean for family philanthropy? How can we promote diversity, community engagement, and openness while retaining the family focus of our giving practices? This session will feature a conversation on strategies for connecting with community and building an equity lens into your grantmaking and internal operations.
Sahar Afrakhan is a third-year undergraduate at UC Berkeley studying Economics and Buddhism. Insatiably curious, she questions if “everything” can be her passion. She has been involved in family philanthropy since she was a fourth-grader on a junior board and was also part of the conception of Youth Philanthropy Connect (YPC). Since she’s been away from home, she’s continued to commit herself to projects that instate positive change and hopes to land a job that blends business strategy/development and social impact. On her off time, Sahar is an avid yogi, foodie, and documentary-watcher.
Nancy Chan is a director at Arabella Advisors, where she advises clients on strategy development, project evaluation, and implementation. Nancy serves as the program officer for the hope & grace fund, a project of the New Venture Fund in partnership with the global women’s skincare brand philosophy, Inc. Through her work with hope & grace, she developed a set of recommendations to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in grant-making practice, available for download at equityinphilanthropy.org, and published a recent article in the Stanford Social Innovation Review, “Eliminating Implicit Bias in Grantmaking” to highlight this work. In addition to grant making, Nancy currently manages evaluation on behalf of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to assess the impact of their Elevating and Celebrating Effective Teaching and Teachers (ECET2) program. Nancy also volunteers on the steering committee of the Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy’s (AAPIP) San Francisco chapter. She holds an MPP from the Georgetown McCourt School of Public Policy and a BS in electrical engineering from MIT.
James Gore joined the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation in February 2009 as the program officer who oversees the Social Justice & Equity focus area. James works with grantees on a wide range of issues such as civil and human rights, anti-death penalty and criminal justice reform, immigration, race relations and racial equity, women’s reproductive rights, sexual assault, domestic violence and adolescent pregnancy. Prior to coming to the Foundation, James served as a program director with One Economy Corporation, a Washington, DC based multi-national nonprofit that focuses on efforts to bring broadband access, online content, and technology resources to low-income families. James also spent eight years with the Winston-Salem Foundation as a program officer and donor services officer. In addition to his grantmaking work at the Foundation he helped create the Black Philanthropy Initiative, which was funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. James received his bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Yale University.
Leticia Peguero brings over 20 years of experience in social justice programming and philanthropy to her role at the Andrus Family Fund. She has dedicated her career to issues related to equity and justice for young people and women with the goal of building capacity in underserved and oppressed communities and the organizations that serve them. Leticia has worked at organizations throughout the Tristate area such as the Posse Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation–LFP Program, Planned Parenthood of New York City, the Door and the Adolescent AIDS Program.
What participants said:
NCFP consistently and brilliantly presents the very best education to family foundations and donor advisor funders. Though I actively participate in educational opportunities with many organizations in the philanthropic center it is those offered by NCFP that drill deeper into issues, savor the nuances of family grantmaking and produce products that motivate and inspire in an all embracing understanding of families and the dynamics that challenge them.
The Family Philanthropy Webinar series is a wonderful resource, allowing us to "attend" sessions from all over and to share materials with other members of our foundation. The transcripts of the sessions are also a valuable resource. Thank you for these Webinars.
NCFP webinars are an effective way for me to be stimulated and educated. I always expect excellent presenters and up to date information from NCFP, and have not been disappointed with these webinars. The recent one discussing women and philanthropy was very timely as women grow in their capacity and leadership roles in philanthropy. Thank you NCFP!
The National Center has been an indispensable source of wisdom, tools, and best practices for my clients on matters ranging from advancing intergenerational leadership transition strategies to building effective websites to creating discretionary grant making guidelines.
These webinar events are the most valuable as part of our SECF membership... we access current experts on the topics pertinent to family foundations...and we remain in our office!.... no travel expenses or conference fees... and we can access this information at a future time for our Board. A win-win for all of us who are so busy but are eager to stay current and networked.
I have attended many of NCFP's webinar and always walk away with new ideas that expand my knowledge of family philanthropy. The content is always amazing, well-structured and full of different perspectives. I especially love the stories told by presenters of their families journey within philanthropy and how they are impacting communities.
Creating Effective Next Gen Boards was by far the best webinar I have experienced. The material was well put together, well presented, easy to follow, and very engrossing! The youth on the webinar were very articulate and experienced and provided a unique insight into the benefits and pitfalls in involving 8 year-olds and up in family philanthropy, i.e. the younger we start, the better and easier it is for everyone! Thanks for this webinar!
I have participated for years in the Family Philanthropy Webinar Series, which has been a tremendous value-add for our subscription to NCFP Friends of the Family! This just keeps getting better and better with each passing month, and I'm so very impressed with the caliber of presentations and the organization behind them! Best webinar series in the field!