Community of Practice

Embed a commitment to equity and justice in all aspects of your giving circle work

Addressing injustices in our giving circles and in our communities is complex, challenging, yet necessary work — and we need each other to keep learning and growing, wherever we are in our journeys.

The Equity and Justice Community of Practice is a space for participants to celebrate wins, unpack challenges, practice practicing, and build relationships across the collective giving community with those who are dedicated to social justice.

Members of the Equity and Justice Community of Practice agree to:

    • Attend at least two live webinars;
    • Attend at least two discussion spaces with the Community of Practice; and
    • Participate in online facilitated discussions.

You’ll also gain access to recorded webinars and curated resources and tools. As part of this experience, you’ll connect and hold discussions with others on the same journey toward equity commitment and practice. There is no cost to participate and there are only 20 slots available.

By joining, you’ll connect with other giving circle leaders working to:

    • Embrace and uplift the lived experiences of their members
    • Build authentic relationships with grassroots movement organizations
    • Cultivate solidarity through political education and collective action

Upcoming Live Sessions:

By joining the Equity and Justice Community of Practice, you’ll automatically register for the following webinars:

Centering Your Member's Lived Experience as a Tool for Racial Equity Part 1

Thursday, October 27 at 3:30PM ET / 12:30PM PT

Giving circles support and represent work in every aspect of our social fabric, providing essential support, enriching our communities and cultural life, and taking action where change is needed. However, individuals with first-hand experience often have lots of ideas and solutions, but are not always positioned to share those on a path to impact which can reinforce patterns of power and privilege that uphold systemic racism.

Join giving circle leaders Akilah Wallace, Founder and Chair and Tyeshia Wilson, Chair-Elect of HERitage Giving Fund for a two-part series where you’ll learn how to recognize and utilize community voice and lived experience as a tool for racial equity. Participants will discuss patterns that perpetuate inequities, how to thoughtfully center community voices and lived experiences into the grant-making and decision-making processes, which ultimately when designed well, can be a part of supporting an end to racial inequity and social injustice.

Presented by Akilah Wallace and Tyeshia Wilson of HERitage Giving Fund

How Collective Giving Can Better Support Social Justice Movements

Tuesday, November 15 at 3:30PM ET / 12:30PM PT

The Social Justice Giving Circle Project works to support individuals (including those who are part of or interested in giving circles and/or resource organizing) in their journey to connect with and participate in social justice movements.

Their most recent research into the relationships between movement organizations, movement leaders, and giving circles. Their learnings highlight the key ways donors and giving circles alike can better support movement work. In this session participants will learn from Seiji Carpenter about how their collective giving work can best align with social justice movements.

Presented by Seiji Carpenter of the Social Justice Giving Circle Project

Centering Your Member's Lived Experience as a Tool for Racial Equity Part 2

Thursday, December 1 at 3:30PM ET / 12:30PM PT

Giving circles support and represent work in every aspect of our social fabric, providing essential support, enriching our communities and cultural life, and taking action where change is needed. However, individuals with first-hand experience often have lots of ideas and solutions, but are not always positioned to share those on a path to impact which can reinforce patterns of power and privilege that uphold systemic racism.

Join giving circle leaders Akilah Wallace, Founder and Chair and Tyeshia Wilson, Chair-Elect of HERitage Giving Fund for a two-part series where you’ll learn how to recognize and utilize community voice and lived experience as a tool for racial equity. Participants will discuss patterns that perpetuate inequities, how to thoughtfully center community voices and lived experiences into the grant-making and decision-making processes, which ultimately when designed well, can be a part of supporting an end to racial inequity and social injustice.

Presented by Akilah Wallace and Tyeshia Wilson of HERitage Giving Fund

Organizing Your People: Understanding Solidarity & How to Get There

Wednesday, December 14 at 3:30PM ET / 12:30PM PT

The Lunar Project launched their inaugural giving circle in July 2021. For twelve week 11 Asian American women and gender non-conforming folks came together to engage in deep learning on their relationship to race and racism, resource needs in Black and Indigenous communities, and to collectively imagine new ways of flowing resources that shift and share power, build authentic relationship, and embody solidarity.

Join us as Lunar Project’s co-founders Yichen Feng and Sabrina Wu share some of the key learnings of the Lunar Project.

Presented by Yichen Feng and Sabrina Wu of the Lunar Project

Join the Equity and Justice Community of Practice

The Equity and Justice Community of Practice is a closed space for those seeking to dig deeper into the material, and connect with those also working to further align themselves and their work with equity and justice. There are only 20 slots available for our fall cohort and we ask that those who sign up commit to attending at least 2 of the 3 sessions. Please complete the following form by Wednesday, November 2 to register.

Our Racial Equity Community of Practice launched in 2020, in partnership with Community Investment Network and CommunityBuild Ventures, convening giving circle leaders looking to deepen their commitment and practice of racial equity through webinars and small group discussions. As we relaunch in fall 2022, we encourage giving circles to think deeply about how they can be equitable in all aspects of collective giving.

A special thank you to the W.K. Kellogg Foundation for their support of the Equity and Justice Community of Practice!

Our commitment to equity and justice

Philanthropy Together is committed to putting equity and justice at the core of all of our work. As part of our mission to support the work of existing giving circles and strengthen the movement of collective giving, we are dedicated to enabling giving circles to embed and advance equity within their work.

Although the road is long, we believe we all have the ability to practice a lifelong commitment to equity. To do so, we must collectively share in the responsibility to continue on a journey towards liberation.

In our collective giving movement, we look to upend white supremacist colonial structures that have used philanthropy to concentrate wealth and power in the hands of few, and elevate the deep wisdom and experience of community-based and collective philanthropy.

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Discuss and connect with others from the movement

As a member of the Equity and Justice Community of Practice, you’ll gain access to a private group on Philanthropy Together’s Community Forum to allow for in-depth conversations with other giving circle leaders.

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