Equity and Justice in Philanthropy: Values in Action

By Justice FundersPosted under Announcements

Do you want to advance equity in all the stages of your grantmaking cycle?

Do you have the tools and practices to do so?

Justice Funders invites you to a one-day training on turning your values into action!

Date: Sunday, September 22

Time: 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Location: Meritage Hotel – 875 Bordeaux Way, Napa, CA 94558

This training will be held as a “pre-conference institute” as part of the Environmental Grantmakers Association’s 2019 Fall Retreat. While priority is given to EGA Retreat participants, the training is also open to non-participants, based on capacity.

Grantmakers today face incredibly complex decisions that test personal values, organizational alignment and community impact. How do we build “Community, Resiliency and Democracy” at a time when people are suffering great environmental harms, ecosystems are at a tipping point, and our communities are under attack? Today’s philanthropic leaders are confronted with questions about strategy and moral imperative while simultaneously navigating internal practices that often aren’t inclusive of diverse stakeholders or facilitated in ways that increase equity and justice. Yet they are actively thinking about – and practicing – ways to better align grantmaking practice with today’s needs and values.

This Institute will be an opportunity for grantmakers to be in a peer learning space together to explore core values in action in the day-to-day work of grantmaking, including internal Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) processes, and specific practices that support (or undermine) environmental, racial, social, economic, anti-ableism, and gender justice.

This Institute will offer curricula and tools from Justice Funders’ Harmony Initiative, our leadership program that equips grantmaking professionals with the community, skills, and practices to make philanthropy a true force for equity and social justice. Participants will engage in deep learning from and with each other, and orient toward tangible and practical shifts we can make to best respond to these times. We will feature case studies that deal with real organizational and grantmaking dilemmas.

During the Institute, participants will…

Agenda for the Day:

12:00   Lunch TBD (on own or provided)

12:15   Open, Welcome and Introductions

12:25   Exploring Social Justice Values

12:45   Case Study Workshop Presentations and Small Group Discussions

2:15      Break

2:30     Peer Workshop on Values-Aligned Grantmaking Practices

4:00     Institute Closes with Reflections and Wrap Up


We value participation from everyone. The training cost is $100. If the fee is cost prohibitive, please email Laura Lemus (llemus@ega.org) who will be happy to discuss alternative payment options.

How to register:

If you are planning to attend the EGA Fall Retreat, you can sign up for this Institute when you register for the retreat. Priority will be given to individuals attending the Fall Retreat. Based on capacity, space will be made available to those not attending the retreat. If you would like to attend this training but are not attending the EGA Fall Retreat, please email Laura Lemus at llemus@ega.org.


If you have questions about the Institute, please contact Rachel Humphrey, Justice Funders’ Senior Program Director at rachel@justicefunders.org.