Philanthropy, Racial Equity and Fiscal Policy 

October 10, 2017
Washington, DC




  • Gain a deeper understanding of why none of us can achieve our missions unless we address racial equity, and how this work plays out in our institutions and our grantmaking.
  • Learn how other funders and grantee partners are undertaking racial equity work, both internally and externally.
  • Engage in dialogue with philanthropic colleagues and seek answers to questions to help advance your work.  Identify at least one new strategy to incorporate into your grantmaking.
  • Determine areas of shared interest to continue exploring together.

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Welcome and Introductions

Candice C. Jones, President & CEO, Public Welfare Foundation

Bob Shull, Program Director, Workers’ Rights, Public Welfare Foundation

Opening Remarks and Call to Action: Why Philanthropy? Why Now?

Dr. Gail C. Christopher, Consultant and former Senior Advisor and Vice President, W.K. Kellogg Foundation

The System of Racial Inequity
Internal biases and external structures inform a system that continues to churn out racial disparities in the United States. Dr. Butler will deliver a keynote presentation that explores the role of history, power and economics in inequity and share a new approach for creating personal and social change.

Dr. Shakti Butler, Filmmaker and Founder & President, World Trust


Advancing Racial Equity through Fiscal Policy
A panel of experts from the field will share their vision of what racial equity looks like in fiscal policy and provide insights into how it might be achieved.     

Amy Brown, Senior Program Officer, Civic Engagement and Government, Ford Foundation (Moderator)

Ana Maria Archila, Co-Executive Director, Center for Popular Democracy

Dr. Michael McAfee, President, PolicyLink

Michael Mitchell, Senior Policy Analyst and Program Director, State Policy Fellowship Program, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities


Building Racial Equity Inside and Out
For over 40 years, ABFE has been a thought leader and advocate in the field of philanthropy to achieve racial equity for Black communities. ABFE President and CEO, Susan Taylor Batten, will outline a specific set of competencies and skills philanthropy can apply to advance racial equity in our communities.

Susan Taylor Batten, President and CEO, ABFE

Table Discussions
Participants will have time to reflect on and discuss the previous presentation.


Sharing Our Stories: Progress and Challenges in the Racial Equity Journey
Participants will hear from funder colleagues and grantee partners applying a racial equity lens both internally in their institutions and externally in their grantmaking and programming. Participants will also engage in small group discussions to share and seek advice for advancing their work.

Hanh Le, Executive Director, Weissberg Foundation (Moderator)

Dr. Heather Cahoon, State Tribal Policy Analyst, Montana Budget and Policy Center

Ana Garcia-Ashley, Executive Director, Gamaliel

Dr. Yanique Redwood, President and CEO, Consumer Health Foundation

Paula Sammons, Program Officer, W.K. Kellogg Foundation

Nonet Sykes, Director of Race Equity and Inclusion, The Annie E. Casey Foundation

Round robin of key take-a-ways. What will I do as a grantmaker to incorporate what I have learned? What can GIST do to support you?

Leslie Boissiere, Vice President, External Affairs, The Annie E. Casey Foundation