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Philanos Statements on Racism

Statement of Solidarity with Asian American Communities 
March 19, 2021

In the wake of Tuesday night’s Atlanta shootings, our hearts go out to our sisters at Asian Women’s Giving Circle, and to the many members of our other affiliates who have themselves, along with family, colleagues and friends, been targeted by increased anti-Asian hate in the last year. Yet again, the divisions in our society translate into life and death matters: of the 8 murdered in Atlanta, 6 were Asian women. The 150% rise in anti-Asian incidents across our country is directly attributable to language that is racist, hateful and spews inaccurate information about the origin of Covid-19. This attitude is embedded in a long history of discrimination against Asians. Too often, violence and attacks toward and against Asian American and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) communities remain unrecognized and ignored, largely due to the racist “model minority” stigma attached to these populations.

Allyship matters. Language matters. And language evolves. In reviewing the DEI statement we made last summer after the extra-judicial murders of so many Black citizens, including George Floyd, we now realize that Philanos made no reference to Asian American and Pacific Islanders, Latinx or Indigenous people. We are profoundly sorry. While we work to broaden the statement, we wanted to assure our affiliates that we stand firmly in solidarity with all Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) communities, firmly against hate speech or action in any form. 

As a network, we will use our voice to help drive change and support the path to healing. See our latest anti-Asian hate resources below.

*Thank you to members Clare O’Brien (Impact100 Cincinnati), Hali Lee (Asian American Giving Circle) and Philanos affiliates whose experiences and wisdom helped inform this statement.

Anti-Racism Statement 
June 12, 2020

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


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


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


Me and White Supremacy.  Layla Saad


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

DEI In The News

21 Signs You or Your Organization May Be the White Moderate Dr. King Warned About, Vu Le, Nonprofit AF Blog, January 17, 2021

Facing the Challenge of Racial Inequity or Avoiding It,  Jim Taylor, BoardSource blog, October 30, 2020

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

The Language of Race, Identity and Power

Words Matter:  The following resources about language are courtesy of Grants Plus in Cleveland, OH, who partner with organizations to identify funders, recommend grant strategies, write compelling proposals, and make long-term gains. 

Grants Plus Webinar Recordings:  Look For Check Your Labels:  Language Resource Guides for Race, Identity, and Power in Grant Writing

W.K. Kellogg Foundation:  Racial Equity Resource Guide Glossary

A Progressive’s Style Guide, Hanna Thomas ( and Anna Hirsch (

GLAAD:  An Ally’s Guide to Terminology

ADA National Network:  Guidelines for Writing About People with Disabilities

American Psychological Association:  Bias-Free Language Guide

The National Assembly of State Arts Agencies:  Inclusive Language Guide

Shelterforce:  Guide to Racially Loaded Community Planning and Development Terms

Articles by Thought Leaders:

Carlton Ford’s Op Ed in the Miami Herald, June 22, 2020:  Careless labels like ‘underserved’ ignore the richness, diversity among Blacks

Alex Kapitan’s blog post @ Radical Copyeditor, July 3, 2017:  On “Person-First Language”: It’s Time to Actually Put the Person First

Dani Robbins’s article in Blue Avocado, Sep. 21, 2020:  Are Your Nonprofit Organization’s Stories Dishonoring the Families You Serve? 
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