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Setting the Table with Dana Kawaoka-Chen & Erik Stegman

Wednesday, May 19, 2021
2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
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Co-hosted by Philanthropy Network Greater Philadelphia and Grantmakers for Effective Organizations, the Setting the Table webinar series explores ideas at the intersection of philanthropy, racial equity and social justice.

These conversations led by Philanthropy Network president Sidney Hargro and Grantmakers for Effective Organization CEO Marcus Walton grapple with racial constructs, work to unpack them and reimagine a system that centers and promotes racial equity. In each conversation, Sidney, Marcus and their guests explore the impact of systemic inequity on people and communities and envision a more just and equitable path forward for philanthropy, the social impact sector and the world.

For the next installment on May 19th, Sidney and Marcus will be joined by Dana Kawaoka-Chen, co-director of Justice Funders and Erik Stegman, Executive Director of Native Americans in Philanthropy. We hope you can participate this dialogue about how to reimagine philanthropic practices and the pathways that will help us realize a more equitable, just vision for the sector. Link to speaker bios below.

Join this conversation to be inspired and challenged along with a community of peers.


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Thursday, June 3, 2021 | 1:30 PM ET
Giving Shuumi: Philanthropy’s Role in Redistributing Wealth and Supporting the Return of Indigenous Land
Co-Sponsored by: Justice Funders, Neighborhood Funders Group, and Health and Environmental Funders Network

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Guest Speaker Bios

Dana Kawaoka-Chen

As Co-Director of Justice Funders, Dana Kawaoka-Chen partners and guides philanthropy in reimagining practices that advance a thriving and just world.  Dana leads with vision and is guided by relationships.  As a practitioner, Dana co-authored the “The Choir Book: A Framework for Social Justice Philanthropy,” and was a primary contributor to “Resonance: A Framework for Philanthropic Transformation.”  You can find her writing on a Just Transition for Philanthropy in Medium.

As founding Executive Director of Justice Funders, Dana grew the organization by aligning its strategy to the visions of movements working for racial, economic and social justice.  Dana’s leadership in facilitating a Just Transition for philanthropy by redistributing wealth, democratizing power and shifting economic control to communities has resulted in millions of philanthropic dollars being mobilized and aligned to build infrastructure for frontline communities to govern themselves.  For her work advocating for deeper investments in social movements and grassroots organizing, Dana was recognized by Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (AAPIP) in 2015 as one of twenty-five national “Leaders in Action.”

Dana has previously served in executive functions for two other non-profit organizations.  She has a Masters of Science degree in Organization Development from the University of San Francisco, Bachelor of Arts degrees in American Studies and Visual Art from the University of California at Santa Cruz, and Non-Profit Management Certification from San Jose State University.

Erik R. Stegman (Carry the Kettle First Nation Nakoda)

Erik serves as Executive Director of Native Americans in Philanthropy, a national organization advocating for stronger and more meaningful investments by the philanthropic sector in tribal communities. Previously, he served as the Executive Director for the Center for Native American Youth at the Aspen Institute. He has held positions at the Center for American Progress on their Poverty to Prosperity team, as Majority Staff Counsel for the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, and in the Obama administration as a Policy Advisor at the U.S. Department of Education. Erik began his career in Washington, D.C. at the National Congress of American Indians Policy Research Center.

He holds a J.D. from UCLA School of Law, an M.A. in American Indian Studies from UCLA’s Graduate Division, and a B.A. from Whittier College.