Webinar Series | Community of Practice

Embed a commitment to equity and justice in all aspects of your collective giving 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 in Collective Giving Webinar Series offers monthly content to explore themes that deepen our field’s shared commitment to equity.


Upcoming Live Sessions

Use the form below to register for one (or all!) of our upcoming webinars in our Equity and Justice series:

January 2022 - April 2023


Power influences all parts of our lives. Whether in our peer relationships or in our philanthropy – power directly impacts who feels welcome in our spaces, who is empowered to make decisions and offer feedback, as well as, our ability to create change.

Throughout the following webinars, we will deepen our understanding of the multiple dimensions of power through exploring the following:

  • How shifting power can promote equity
  • Building power with Black Girls, Femmes, and Gender expansive youth
  • How embracing failure can be a source of equity and justice
  • What the Asian Women Giving Circle has learned about power over time

Join us as we learn collectively about power and the ways power can support equity and justice!

Shifting Power by Letting It Go: Practicing Explicit Equity in Giving Circle Decisions

Tuesday, January 31 at 3:30PM ET / 12:30PM PT

At the heart of any giving circle is the value of bringing people together with shared values to collectively decide where to make a pooled gift. Who you bring together has a direct impact on what you might discuss and what decisions you make. No matter who is present in your circle, how can you make decisions that bring you closer to racial equity? This workshop will explore the tensions present when well-intentioned giving circle members make decisions on behalf of individuals and communities who are directly impacted. In this workshop, participants will consider case studies of decision-making structures that interrupt racism, anti-Blackness, and other oppressions by ceding control to those closer to the impacts. Attendees will be introduced to a range of options for practicing power shifts and considering which structures might support their aspirations toward racial justice.

Presented by Melody Martínez and Teri Pierson of Acorde Consulting

Building Power with Black Girls, Femmes, and Gender-Expansive Youth for Just and Liberated Futures

Wednesday, February 22 at 3:30PM ET / 12:30PM PT

Black girls, femmes, and gender-expansive youth are at the forefront of every social justice movement, and yet their contributions and their leadership continue to be erased from public discourse. That is why in 2020, a group of Black women movement leaders launched the #1Billion4BlackGirls campaign and the Black Girl Freedom Fund. This workshop will cover the framework and context of philanthropic giving directed at Black girls, femmes, and gender-expansive youth, highlight the importance of resourcing organizations led by and centering them, and offer strategies to directly engage them in the co-construction of giving priorities.

Presented by Maheen Kaleem of Grantmakers for Girls of Color and Cidra Sebastien of Black Girl Freedom Fund

The Power of Embracing Failure

Wednesday, March 29 at 3:30PM ET / 12:30PM PT

Failure often happens in secret, particularly in philanthropy. The Kataly Foundation — an organization dedicated to moving resources to support the economic, political and cultural power of Black and Indigenous communities, and all communities of color —  engaged in a process of examining failures and defining learnings in 2022. Join Zaineb Mohammed from Kataly to learn more about this exercise and their failure blog series.

Presented by Zaineb Mohammed of Katalay

Sixteen Years of Reimagining Power

Wednesday, April 19 at 3:30PM ET / 12:30PM PT

Carrying the belief that funding can be activism, the Asian Women Giving Circle (AWGC) invests in emerging and cutting-edge changemakers/artists and has used their giving circle’s power to root themselves in community. Join AWGC Founder Hali Lee and a grantee partner as they share what they have learned about power over the last 16 years

Presented by Hali Lee of Asian Women Giving Circle

Register for upcoming webinars in our Equity and Justice in Collective Giving Series

Please complete the following form to register for one or more upcoming webinars

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 in Collective Giving Webinar Series and Community of Practice!

Past Webinars

October - December 2022 | In Right Relation: Rooting Ourselves in Relationship to Each Other

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.