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Women Fighting Systemic Racism

Our hearts are broken by the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor and too many other Black Americans who have lost their lives, their loved ones, their innocence and their opportunity to live a full and abundant life as a result of prejudice and discrimination. Philanos stands in solidarity, actively affirming that Black lives always have and always will matter. 

As a network, we will use our voice to help drive change and support the path to healing.  The crisis borne of systemic racism demands our actions to create a more equitable and just society for every member in our communities.   If we are not part of the solution -- as anti-racists -- we are part of the problem of racism, discrimination, and violence that has seriously hindered forward movement within our society. 

Philanos supports affiliates that prioritize diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in their philanthropy.  We are committed to equity, diversity, collaboration, inclusiveness, transparency, and accountability because all people deserve to live full and abundant lives free of prejudice, discrimination and oppression.

Our work to educate and support women’s collective giving organizations in their anti-racist philanthropy is accomplished through resource sharing and open and honest discussion. Women understand the power of collaboration and that we are stronger when we advocate together.  We will engage in this work with our affiliates, partner networks and fellow philanthropists.

*Thank you to our affiliate, Spirit of St. Louis Women’s Fund for collaboration on our statement.


Our Best Tools


PDF Continuum on Becoming an Anti-Racist Organization worksheet describes how to develop a fully inclusive, anti-racist, multicultural organization in a transformed society which intentionally & publicly excludes or segregates African Americans, Native Americans. | download 

Video | PowerUP! Seattle 2020 Podcasts & video captured snippets and presentations during our conference February 23-25, 2020 which focused on diversity, equity and inclusion. |  listen

PDF | Race Equity and Inclusion Action Guide help your organization embrace equity with these 7 steps to advance and embed race equity and inclusion within your organization. | download 


Philanos & Affiliate Resources

PowerUP! 2020 Conference Diversity Equity and Inclusion pre-reads 

Impact 100 Cincinnati - We Stand in Solidarity

Spirit of St Louis Women's Fund - Together We Can

Women's Giving Circle of Howard County - Statement on the Death of Mr. George Floyd

Affiliate members share your organization's statements in our Member Forums

Book and Film Suggestions from Philanos Affiliates

Books

Between the World and Me.  Ta-Nehisi Coates
Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood.  Trevor Noah 
Born Bright by C. Nicole Mason
Born on Third Base: A One Percenter Makes the Case for Tackling Inequality, Bringing Wealth Home, and Committing to the Common Good.  Chuck Collins 
Breaking Night.  Liz Murray
Cuz: The Life and Times of Michael A.  Danielle Allen
Decolonizing Wealth.  Edgar Villanueva
Enrique’s Journey: The True Story of a Boy Determined to Reunite with His Mother. Sonia Nazario
Home of the Brave:  A Small Town, Its Veterans and the Community They Built Together.  Donna Bryson
How to Be an Antiracist.  Ibram Kendi
Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption. Bryan Stevenson
Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI.  David Gramm
Me and White Supremacy. Layla Saad
Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes the World. Melinda Gates
Race, Class and Politics in the Cappuccino City.  Derek S. Hyra
So You Want to Talk About Race.  Ijeoma Oluo
The Deepest Well: Healing the Long-Term Effects of Childhood Adversity.  Dr. Nadine Burke Harris
The New Jim Crow:  Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness.  Michelle Alexander
The Newcomers: Finding Refuge, Friendship and Hope in America.  Helen Thorpe 
The Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote.  Elaine Weiss 
Waking Up White and Finding Myself in the Story of Race.  Debbie Irving 
White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism.  Robin D'Angelo 
Why are all the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria and Other Conversations about Race.  Beverly Tatum
Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World.  Anand Giridharadas

Films

I am Not Your Negro.  2016 documentary based upon James Baldwin’s unfinished manuscript 
Just Mercy.  Based on Bryan Stevenson’s best-seller 
Race: The Power of Illusion.  A PBS series in 3 parts
13th. Documentary by Ava DuVernay
The Black Godfather. Documentary by Reginald Huldin

Workbooks

Me and White Supremacy.  Layla Saad

Workshops

Debby Irving outlines a 21-Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge 

DEI In The News

Reflecting on Racial Identities for White Boards, Jul 15, 2020., in Giving Compass.  Original article:  A Message to My Fellow White Board Chairs, Cathy A. Trower, BoardSource|blog, Jul 14, 2020.

Doing Your Work to Challenge Your Racist Assumptions, Headwaters Foundation for Justice, Jul 17, 2020, in Giving Compass.

Amplified Needs Require Amplifying Voices, The Center for Effective Philanthropy, Jul 8, 2020, in Giving Compass.

"Anti-Racism Resources for White People" – Includes an extraordinary list of materials, including articles, books and films.  Many materials include content for children and/or discussion topics for adults to use with children and young people.

"Equity and Racial Justice Philanthropy Resources" – From Arabella Advisors team as a response to clients and partners looking for ways to use philanthropy and impact investing to support equity, racial justice, and an end to all forms of violence against Black people.

The Center for Effective Philanthropy (CEP) – Evidence-based research, data and insight on a wide range of topics to enable higher-performing funders.   Click on their Blog for the newest studies on racism and social justice.

“Dear Philanthropy:  These are the Fires of Anti-Black Racism.”  Will Cordery.  Nonprofit Quarterly (NPQ).  June 1, 2020.

“Funders For Justice: Six Ways to Support Black Lives.”  Funders for Justice: May 29, 2020.  Giving Compass.

“Have nonprofit and philanthropy become the ‘white moderate’ that Dr. King warned us about?”  Vu Le.  Nonprofit AF.  June 1, 2020.

“The Struggle to Overcome Racism”.  Stanford Social Innovation Review.  June 1, 2020.

“The system was built to break black people.”  Rodney Foxworth.  Medium.  June 2, 2020.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion – A professional development offering of the eXtension Foundation Impact Collaborative at Tuskegee University.  A large database of DEI resources filtered by topics, competencies and activities; fully linked.

“Social Justice Funds and Organizations to Support.”  Open Philanthropy Project.  June 4, 2020.  Giving Compass.

“Racial Equity in Philanthropy: Closing the Funding Gap.”  A collection of pieces on dismantling barriers leaders of color face in securing funding.  Bridgespan

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