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“We are Philanthropy” Midwest Regional Convening for Diverse Donors – Chicago, November 15, 2012

October 31, 2012

Hello everyone!  I’ve been pretty absent from these pages for some time – a fellowship, travel and more have kept me posting on our Facebook page, but missing here! The list of updates to share is long and I’ll be getting on to it soon, promise!  In the meantime – a note about an upcoming event in Chicago…

Last week, I attended the first-ever Reception for Diverse Trustees of Grantmakers here in Chicago that belong to the Donors Forum. It was pretty neat to exchange ideas on how to grow philanthropy’s diversity and inclusion. Many were surprised to hear hard statistics that foundations with diverse boards actually resulted in more dollars from those groups going to diverse organizations and communities.  The Donors Forum hopes to begin to create a network of diverse trustees who will work with Donors Forum’s Committee on Diversity and Inclusion to promote diversity within philanthropy.  I’ll certainly keep you posted on their efforts!

Also at the reception, I learned more about the work of D5, a five-year coalition to grow philanthropy’s diversity, equity and inclusion. On November 15th, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors and D5  are hosting a Midwest Regional Convening for Diverse Donors. In an effort to raise the visibility of diverse donors and build their capacity to contribute to diverse communities, this gathering will connect like-minded givers and provide tools, support, peer-leaning and access to resources to make their philanthropy more effective. Limited to 60-75 donors, the target audience is primarily individual donors, but also “champions” of this work who represent a wide range of giving vehicles, such as giving circles, tribal funds, affiliated structures, or family foundations of LGBT, women and donors of color. Donors should currently be giving, or have the capacity to give, $25000 or more annually to diverse communities.  President/CEO of the Marguerite Casey Foundation Luz Vega-Marquis is the keynote speaker.

“We Are Philanthropy”: A Midwest Regional Convening for Diverse Donors
Thursday, November 15, 2012
12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Hotel Palomar
Chicago, Illinois

See the agenda and learn more about attending… 

One Comment leave one →
  1. November 8, 2012 6:40 pm

    Nice post and thank you for bringing more attention to diversity in philanthropy. Opportunities to network, share resources and collaborate among donors and funders are key to solving complex problems, but imagine how much further we can go when philanthropy reflects the diversity and dynamism of the work it supports! Our Program Manager Ramtin Arablouei touched on similar feeling in a post last week about young professionals in philanthropy ( Thanks again for sharing!

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