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Racial Equity Tools by Race Matters Institute - Resources

This four-part webinar series, led by Joanna Scott from Race Matters Institute, will cover a range of tools for understanding the history of racial inequity in homelessness, conducting a racial equity impact analysis, and developing strategies to advance racial equity in your organization. 


This page will host pre-reading assignments and resources shared during the webinar series. Webinar recordings will not be available, but all other materials, including slides, will be.


Except for the powerpoints, the RMI materials can be shared with appropriate citation. Please do not share the powerpoints.



Joanna Scott, Race Matters Institute | [email protected]


Please feel free to reach out to Joanna directly with any questions about the content and tools mentioned during this webinar series. Joanna has agreed to make herself available to webinar participants to answer questions about the tools. 



Stephanie Chan, Funders Together to End Homelessness | [email protected]


Webinar 1| Race Matters: Unpack Key Concepts to Advance Racial Equity
November 1, 2018 | 1:00-2:30 pm EST

This webinar will unpack the concepts that are most critical to advance racial equity within organizations. Participants of the 90-minute webinar will explore the distinctions between diversity, inclusion and equity; the different forms of racism; and how race, place and class influence desired community outcomes. These definitions and distinctions are essential for productive organizational engagement around issues of race and equity.


Webinar 2 | The Backstory Matters: Build a Backmap for an Operational Issue or Program Area
December 10, 2018 | 1:00-2:30 pm EST

This tool from the Race Matters Tool helps users identify and analyze the drivers of any given racial inequity by creating a visual “backmap”. Participants are encouraged to connect the drivers identified by the tool’s application to their existing partner networks and grantmaking strategies. This 90-minute session will also include ideas and concrete solutions for participants to go deeper within their own work and explore where their organization can do more intentional race equity work.

Webinar 3 | Decision-making Matters: A Deeper Application of the Racial Equity Impact Analysis Tool
January 24, 2019 | 1:00-2:30 pm EST

This tool from the Race Matters Toolkit consists of five questions that can be asked regarding any policy, practice, protocol, strategy, or decision, either existing or proposed. The intent of the tool is to test ideas to determine if there is a disparate impact by race. In this 90-minute session, participants dig deeper into the functionality of the tool and experience its capability to generate new solutions. The tool can be used immediately, with tasks residing on your desk no matter what kind of work you do. 


Webinar 4 | Get Your House in Order: Strategies to Advance Racial Equity Inside Your Organization
February 28, 2019 | 1:00-2:30 pm EST

This webinar will dig deeper into organizational practices that advance racial equity inside organizations. Participants in the 90-minute session are encouraged to analyze the internal structures and processes within their respective organizations. Whether you work in an organization that is white-led, in an organization led by people of color, or in community across racial groups, there are many nuanced leadership issues that can emerge depending one’s localized racial and political context. 

We joined Funders Together because we believe in the power of philanthropy to play a major role in ending homelessness, and we know we have much to learn from funders across the country.

-Christine Marge, Director of Housing and Financial Stability at United Way of Greater Los Angeles

I am thankful for the local partnerships here in the Pacific Northwest that we’ve been able to create and nurture thanks to the work of Funders Together. Having so many of the right players at the table makes our conversations – and all of our efforts – all the richer and more effective.

-David Wertheimer, Deputy Director at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Very often a lack of jobs and money is not the cause of poverty, but the symptom. The cause may lie deeper in our failure to give our fellow citizens a fair chance to develop their own capacities, in a lack of education and training, in a lack of medical care and housing, in a lack of decent communities in which to live and bring up their children.

-President Lyndon B. Johnson, 1964 State of the Union Address

Funders Together has given me a platform to engage the other funders in my community. Our local funding community has improved greatly to support housing first models and align of resources towards ending homelessness.

-Leslie Strnisha, Vice President at Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland

Our family foundation convenes local funders and key community stakeholders around strategies to end homelessness in Houston. Funders Together members have been invaluable mentors to us in this effort, traveling to our community to share their expertise and examples of best practices from around the nation.

-Nancy Frees Fountain, Managing Director at The Frees Foundation

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