Our commitment to racial equity

Philanthropy Together is committed to putting racial equity 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 racial equity within their work.

Although the road is long, we believe we all have the ability to practice a lifelong commitment to racial 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.

Read more about Philanthropy Together’s commitment to racial equity.

Racial Equity Community of Practice with CommunityBuild Ventures Community Investment Network and Philanthropy Together
Open Forum Facilitators gather during the Racial Equity Community of Practice

Community of Practice

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

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.


Since then, our Community of Practice serves as an ongoing, active learning space for giving circle leaders who are interested and working on embedding a commitment to racial equity in all aspects of their giving circle work, from group culture to grantmaking practices.


Members of the Racial Equity Community of Practice can access recorded webinars, online facilitated discussions, resources and tools, and invitations to participate in future virtual events and opportunities for personalized support.


Importantly, members can discuss and connect with others on the same journey toward racial equity commitment and practice. Addressing race and racism 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.

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

  • Gain a clear understanding of racial equity, its origins, and present-day impacts
  • Have opportunities for self-reflection and awareness
  • Learn how to discuss race constructively
  • Understand how to engage and support community initiatives
  • Develop embedded processes to advance racial equity in all aspects of their giving circle work, from grantmaking to membership to group culture
  • Create short and long term equity goals and strategies
  • Apply adaptable and actionable steps to support their giving circle’s short and long term efforts for racial equity
  • Identify and take action on roles that giving circles can play to support racial equity policies, programs, and services in their local communities

Interested in joining the Racial Equity Community of Practice?

Please complete the following form to let us know a little more about you. We’ll follow up soon with an access link to our private Racial Equity learning forum to access content and live opportunities for discussion.

Join the community forum

Discuss and connect with others from the movement

As a member of the Racial Equity 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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Philanthropy Together Giving Circle Community Forum