Response to Charlottesville

We are all grieved and angered by the violent, racist events in Charlottesville this past weekend.  What we saw on the Virginia streets was designed to instill fear, to divide and to breed hopelessness.

But the pain and anger on those streets are not the end of the story.  We know that in Rhode Island and across the country, there are individuals, groups, and nonprofit and philanthropic organizations steadfastly working to protect, empower, transform and grow safe, healthy, just and equitable communities.

This weekend illustrated that we still have much work to do, and we encourage GCRI members to look for ways to more fully integrate principles and values of diversity, equity, inclusion, humility, respect and compassion into their organizational practices, as well as their community initiatives.  To help you in that process, we have gathered a variety of Charlottesville responses and diversity/equity/inclusion resources.

The two primary umbrella groups within United Philanthropy Forum that support the sector’s diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) work are:

Change Philanthropy
Philanthropic Initiative for Racial Equity

Both organizations have extensive resource hubs, and Change Philanthropy can connect you to a variety of identity-based philanthropy groups including:  Asian American/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy, Association of Black Foundation Executives (ABFE), Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy, Funders for LGBTQ Issues,
Hispanics in Philanthropy, Native Americans in Philanthropy and Women’s Funding Network.

Philanthropy/Nonprofit Responses to Charlottesville
Nellie Mae Educational Foundation CEO Nick Donahue (GCRI Member)
A Time for Gracious Anger, Nonprofit AF Column by Vu Le
Exponent Philanthropy CEO Henry Berman in Chronicle of Philanthropy
Lumina Foundation CEO Jamie Merisotis
Ford Foundation President Darren Walker
California Endowment President and CEO Dr. Robert Ross

Heinz Endowment President Grant Oliphant
Akonadi Foundation President Lateefah Simon
National Center for Responsive Philanthropy President and CEO Aaron Dorfman
Nonprofit Quarterly
Connecticut Council on Philanthropy Statement 
Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers Statement
CHANGE Philanthropy Statement
Funders for Justice Statement
We Must All Speak Out, Barr Foundation
Advance Safety, Defend Peace #Charlottesville, The California Wellness Foundation
Philanthropy Must Respond Forcefully to Charlottesville, Kresge Foundation
We Must All Do More, Lumina Foundation
A Statement in the Aftermath of Charlottesville, The McKnight Foundation
After Charlottesville, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
It’s Well Past Time to Condemn. It’s Time to Confront, Meyer Foundation
No Home for Hate, The Nathan Cummings Foundation
In Solidarity with Charlottesville, NRDC
Charlottesville, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Heal Charlottesville Fund
The Charlottesville Area Community Foundation has established the Heal Charlottesville Fund to support both immediate needs and longer-term reconciliation efforts. Depending on the level of resources available, the Fund will support Immediate Assistance and Stabilization, Acknowledgement, Community Dialogue and Reconciliation, Restoration and Healing, and Fund Leadership and Decision-making.

Equity Resources and Tools for Philanthropy

Change Philanthropy’s Resource Hub — Resources on equity, diversity, and inclusion
Responsive Philanthropy in Black Communities Framework (RPBC) created by the Association of Black Foundation Executives
W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation
Equity assessment quiz created by CHANGE Philanthropy with questions from the D5 Coalition and the Philanthropic Initiative for Racial Equity and resources to  advance equity
Bay Area Justice Funders Network’s A Framework for Social Justice Philanthropy — values, competencies, and practices to create a comprehensive framework for effective social justice philanthropy.
Grantmaking With a Racial Equity Lens — Focus on racial equity can increase effectiveness at every stage of the grantmaking process
D5 Coalition — Five-year coalition to advance philanthropy’s diversity, equity, and inclusion
Foundation Diversity: Policy and Practices Toolkit — Sampling of statements, forms, and templates developed and utilized by foundations to incorporate diversity and inclusion into both organizational practices and grantmaking
Racial Equity Resource Guide — Articles, organizations, research, books, media strategies and training curricula– aimed at helping organizations and individuals working to achieve racial equity
Diversity, Inclusion and Effective Philanthropy — Funder guide from Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors on more responsive and efficient grantmaking by combining the concepts of diversity and inclusion with basic due diligence
A Snapshot of Promising Practices Among Indiana Foundations — Snapshot of promising practices for advancing diversity, equity and inclusion in Indiana philanthropy

Generations of Generosity — Grantmaking within communities of color
Racial, Ethnic, and Tribal Philanthropy: A Scan of the Landscape — Innovative strategies, extraordinary and passionate leaders, and organizations that are creating pathways to engage the resources of their community for their community
Toolkit for Racial, Ethnic and Tribal Funds and Foundations — Key steps and reflections from existing funds and foundations in Black, Asian, Arab, Latino and Native-American communities
Engaging Diverse Communities — 
Broaden donor bases, services, and programs by reaching out to diverse communities
Supporting Immigrants and Refugees in Volatile Times: What Philanthropy Can Do, Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees Report
Advancement Project

Videos about Racial Justice, Philanthropy Northwest

Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers’ Putting Racism on the Table

Implicit Bias with Julie Nelson, Director of the Government Alliance on Race & Equity, Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society
Mass Incarceration with James Bell, founder and executive director of the W. Haywood Burns Institute
Structural Racism Theater: “The Pernicious Compromise” — Based sardonically on Masterpiece Theatre, introduces the viewer to concrete examples of structural racism and implicit bias, focuses on the timely topic of the Electoral College and its connection to the Three-Fifths Compromise
Other resources from Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers

Having Uncomfortable Conversations: A New Communications Imperative, Communications Network
Speak Up: Responding to Everyday Bigotry — Developed by the Southern Law Poverty Center

Educator/Family Responses
White Supremacists Still Exist:  Here’s What White Parents Can Do About It, Huffington Post
Talking to Students About Charlottesville Violence and Racism, NEA