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Webinar Series: Racial Equity Tools by Race Matters Institute

This four-part webinar series, led by 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. The first two webinars in this series have already taken place, but you can participate in the final two webinars at a discounted rate.

Participants will move through the webinar series together and will complete pre-work before each webinar. If you might be interested in participating in Foundations for Racial Equity, our two-year community of practice on racial equity and homelessness, this webinar series will give you a taste of the type of learning the community will more deeply explore.

There is a participation fee for this webinar series:

  • $60 for Funders Together Full Members
  • $80 for Funder Together Basic Members and Non-Members

By signing up for the second half of this series, participants must also participate in a call with Stephanie Chan which will cover the content of the first two webinars in this series.

The final two webinars in the series will take place on and cover the following:

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.

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.

Please note: This webinar is only open to members of Funders Together, private funders, United Ways, and philanthropy-serving organizations.

This series will not be available for viewing after the live webinar date. If you are interested in or planning to join Foundations for Racial Equity, please register for this series and plan to attend each date above. Learning materials will be available to registrants after each webinar, but webinar recordings will NOT be available. 

If you have questions about participating in the webinar series, please contact Stephanie Chan, Director of Membership and Programs.

January 24, 2019 at 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Lauren Samblanet ·

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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