Back to top

The Crisis of White Supremacy in America: What’s Philanthropy’s Role?

Thursday, June 4, 2020
9:00am - 10:30am EDT
Add to Calendar
Video Conference
Dial-in information will be sent on the morning of the call

From the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on the health and well-being of Black Americans, to the recent murders of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd at the hands of the police and white citizens and the civil unrest across this nation, America has reached a fever pitch and many are hurt, tired, and trying to find a way forward. What we are seeing unfold is the culmination of centuries of traumatic white supremacy over the lives of Black people in this country. What will it take for America to finally and truly address its original sin, racism? What is philanthropy being called to do at this time? What can philanthropy do to dismantle white supremacy and advance social justice?

Before we can discuss solutions, however, we must speak truth to philanthropy’s complicity in the advancement of white supremacist culture and thinking through its practices and silence on systemic issues of racial oppression. Please join a panel of local philanthropic leaders as they discuss how we got here, the impact of this moment in their lives and in Black communities, and calls for a new endgame for all philanthropy -- the liberation of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color in America.

Presenters include members of Philanthropy Network's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee:


Breaking ChainsPhilanthropy Needs A New Game: The Liberation of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color Communities In America by Sidney R. Hargro



(Listed in the order mentioned; *mentioned by speakers during the call)

  1. About: The Problem: Prison Gerrymandering (Prison Policy Initiative)*
  2. Article: The 1968 Kerner Commission Got It Right, But Nobody Listened (Smithsonian Magazine, 3/1/18)*
  3. Article: The Perils of Liberal Philanthropy (Jacobin Magazine, 11/26/18)*
  4. Guidelines: Guidance for giving to Black-led organizing for Black liberation (Resource Generation)*
  5. About: The Characteristics of White Supremacy Culture (in Our Organizations) (Showing Up for Racial Justice)*
  6. Tool: Continuum on Becoming an Anti-Racist Multicultural Organization (v1) (Crossroads Antiracism Organizing & Training)*
  7. Initiative: Trust-Based Philanthropy Project*
  8. Article: Overcoming the Racial Bias in Philanthropic Funding (Stanford Social Innovation Review, 5/4/20)
  9. Petition to Congress: Emergency Charity Stimulus Bill to Mandate Increased Payouts for Private Foundations and Donor-Advised Funds (Patriotic Millionaires, Wallace Global Foundation, Voices for Progress, Institute for Policy Studies - Inequality Program, Solidaire Network, & Edge Funders Network)
  10. Resource Suite: Deciding Together: Shifting Power and Resources Through Participatory Grantmaking (GrantCraft by Candid)*
  11. Article: It’s racial bias, not merely an issue of access (Pensions & Investments, 8/19/19)
  12. Tool: Continuum on Becoming an Anti-Racist Multicultural Organization (v2) (Crossroads Antiracism Organizing & Training)*