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

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.


Our Racial Equity Community of Practice serves as an ongoing, active learning space for giving circle members 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 gain access to monthly live sessions, recorded webinars, online facilitated discussions, and curated resources and tools. Importantly, members can discuss and connect with others on the same journey toward racial equity commitment and practice. There is no cost to participate.


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.


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

By joining, you’ll connect with other giving circle 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

Upcoming Live Sessions:

Want to attend and gain access to recordings for all upcoming Racial Equity Community of Practice sessions? Please complete the sign-up form below.

Re-defining Community Outreach, Transformation over Transaction
Diversifying Your Base and the Value of People Over Product

Led by Deborah Harris of D.Y. Harris Consulting Inc.

Thursday, January 20
3:30 PM – 5 PM ET / 12:30 PM – 2 PM PT

In order to move the needle forward when addressing building leaders and a deep base in marginalized communities, we can no longer adhere to old ideology that places metrics over mission. Transformational community outreach in the realm of organizing explores both the organization and the community building “The Table” together. Transformative approaches vs. Transactional ones will lead us into carving out more sustainable pathways of liberation within marginalized communities.

Join the Racial Equity Community of Practice

Please complete the following form to let us know more about you. We’ll follow up soon with an access link to our private Racial Equity learning forum and calendar invites for upcoming live sessions.

Past Sessions:

Why? Defining Your Racial Equity Purpose & Motivation
Led by Nadia Brigham and Beca Velázquez-Publes of Brigham Consulting, LLC

Thursday, October 21

Balancing the interconnection between the individual and collective, this session will focus on how to support both the full giving circle and the individual members in determining their racial equity “why”. We will cover:
● Developing an equity imperative for oneself and your giving circle
● The cost/benefit analysis of racial equity work
● Preparing and building for racial retrenchment in the self, community and society

Foundations for Addressing Conflict & Harm: Developing Humanizing Relationships & Spaces
Led by Nadia Brigham and Beca Velázquez-Publes of Brigham Consulting, LLC

Thursday, November 18

Advancing racial equity oftentimes is fraught with tension, conflict, and sometimes harm. How do giving circles, committed to the same purpose, address conflict and harm? We posit that the answer lies in the foundational moves of understanding and creating humanizing relationships and spaces that build capital for when tension arises. This session will explore:
● How humanizing relationships and spaces are the necessary conditions to resolve tension
● Day-to-day practices that lend themselves to humanizing relationships and spaces
● Frameworks for holding tension within your giving circle

It’s Hard But Not That Hard: Taking Your First Steps to Embracing Racial Equity as a Process and Outcome in Your Giving Circle
Led by Lisa McGill of LM Strategies Consulting

Thursday, December 16
3:30 PM – 5 PM ET / 12:30 PM – 2 PM PT

Join us for a session where you’ll have the opportunity to workshop a skeletal plan for embedding racial equity in your giving circle, establish early action steps, and start to make sure that your giving circle is on the path to advancing a racial equity agenda. Come prepared to work!

Goals of this session: 

  • Assess where your giving circle is related to your racial equity journey
  • Understand the gaps of where you want to go
  • Define specific action steps to move forward

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.

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