“I am so impressed with the caliber of what the conference provided, and the bar has forever been raised.”
“The app was really fun and effective.”
“The Conference deftly tackled challenging issues around equity and inclusion and also provided "basics" to affiliates seeking (information).
“I thought the ‘narrative arc’ from beginning to end, with the plenaries building a story and becoming increasingly challenging, was good.
“Each speaker was radically candid - it was amazing!”
“Appreciated the conversation that took place after each presentation and the speakers - especially those of color who we need to hear from!”
“As a solo attendee, having the pre-reading helped me to choose the best sessions for my giving circle. It is nice having the power point slides on the APP too! There was a LOT of important information in every session!!!”
“This may be the best conference of any kind that I have ever attended. It was stimulating and fascinating! The speakers were all terrific!”
“It was such a great group and I could feel the energy around change in the room.”
“It was such an impressive gathering of intentional and mindful women change makers--and those themes were reflected in the quality of the keynote speakers and breakout sessions you all organized.”
“I have received a number of positive follow up emails and inquiries about continuing the conversation that was started in our session. It is clear that Philanos is creating important space for philanthropists to think creatively about how to adapt in this dynamic environment.”
If you are still grappling with your reflections, here are some commitments others shared:
Consider different ways of reaching out to our community and staying in dialogue with community orgs before applications are due
Begin the real board work for a meaningful DEI journey
Change ourselves first
Create DEI intention statement/declaration
Embrace unrestricted multi-year funding and grant more unrestricted funds
Explore power-sharing during the grants review process with neighborhood groups/non-members
Review boards and staff of grantees with a DEI lens
Provide ongoing opportunities for all committee leaders to examine implicit bias, inclusion, "how we do things."
Work on anti-racist actions, personally and as a group
Learn more about 501c4 status and don't be afraid of being "political"
Keep more in touch with other Philanos member groups
Engage the entire Board in their own DEI journey
Make adjustments to culture and policies to be more inclusive
Understand systemic change is required and we must work for it
Talk internally about how to be more active advocates for change to help those most marginalized