Power Sharing Among Grantees and Funders Materials Available from FCCP

GCRI partner, Funders Committee for Civic Participation (FCCP), recently hosted a webinar on Power Sharing as part of their Summer Equity and Power Sharing series.

Slides and a recording of the program are now available. Thanks to FCCP for making this available to the Forum network, and thanks to Lori Villarosa of Philanthropic Initiative for Racial Equity (PRE) for walking funders through how philanthropy can intentionally tackle the realities of racism and connect these threads to present day grantmaking practices, as well as to Jennifer Epps-Addison with The Center for Popular Democracy, Dana Kawaoka-Chen with Justice Funders, Dimple Abichandani with General Service Foundation, and Farhad Ebrahimi with Chorus Foundation for addressing power sharing and grantmaking strategies that can change the who, what, and how of support through integrating a racial equity lens.

Resources for Educational Equity

Thanks to those of you who were able to attend this morning’s session on Education Disparities.  It was a compelling conversation about equity in both education and philanthropy. 

If you would like to listen to the audio of the session, please contact Nancy at Nancy.wolanski@uwri.org. Panelists were Marcela Betancur, Latino Policy Institute; Elizabeth Burke Bryant, RI Kids Count; Karla Vigil, EduLeaders of Color; Nick Donahue, Nellie Mae Education Foundation.

  • If you would like a copy of the Latino Policy Institute report on education disparities, as well as some policies recommended by the Schott Foundation and the National Education Policy Center for ensuring that all children have the opportunity to learn, regardless of their background or which school they attend, or Nellie Mae Education Foundation’s new principles centering their work around racial equity, please contact Nancy at Nancy.wolanski@uwri.org.
  • The Schott Foundation in Boston, which has done a lot of work around racial equity in education, is offering a webinar this Thursday, April 11 at 2:00pm if you’d like to learn more about Culturally Responsive CurriculaLearn more
  • Some of the handouts Nick shared are:

Paid in Full by Dorian O. Burton and Brian C.B. Barnes

The Road to Achieving Equity by Kris Putnam-Walkerly and Elizabeth Russell

Paying Attention to White Culture and Privilege by Gita Gulati-Partee

Where White Privilege Came From by Allan G. Johnson

  • Look for more information soon about our May GCRI session on Collective Impact.  We will be working with the Federal Reserve and Working Cities Challenge on an engaging session about developing deeper partnerships and co-creating with community partners.

Puerto Ricans a Year After Hurricane Maria

A year after Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico, residents of the island are still struggling with the storm’s impact on their housing, finances, and mental and physical health, a survey by the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation and the Washington Post finds. Based on face-to-face interviews, the report, Views and Experiences of Puerto Ricans One Year After Hurricane Maria (37 pages, PDF), found that 83 percent of survey respondents had a home that was destroyed or significantly damaged, lost power for four or more months, had to drink water from a natural source, experienced a job loss, developed a health condition or had an existing one worsen, and/or received mental health services as a result of the storm.

Report

Family Separation and Immigration Webinar and Resources

Family Separation and Immigration Webinar and Resources

Many of you are concerned with the current debate around the federal immigration policy on family separation.  Although an executive order has been released to address the components of the policy, there are still reports of separations, lack of clarity about the courts’ response to the EO, and the challenges of reuniting families.

Children, Youth and Family Funders Roundtable is hosting an “Immigration Funder Strategy Discussion” on Friday, July 13 2:30-3:30pm for funders interested in learning more about how your organization can use its expertise to enter the immigration space.  The webinar will have ideas for ways to communicate differently with peers and colleagues about the effects of immigration policy, and to better align strategies across issue areas.  This strategy discussion will be focused on supporting immigrant children and families!s, and four funders will share their strategies, including how they developed them and how they are linked with other issue areas.

Speakers:
· Denise Dell Isola, Irving Harris Foundation
· Sandra Martinez, The California Wellness Foundation
· Laura Speer, The Annie E. Casey Foundation
· Kavitha Sreeharsha, Emerson Collective
This webinar is part of the Children, Youth & Family Funders Roundtable conversation on the impact of immigration action on children and families. The Roundtable’s immigration work is done in partnership with Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees, Grantmakers Income Security Taskforce, and Early Childhood Funders Collaborative to ensure we are exploring our understanding of the cross section of issues faced by immigrant children and families.  Register

Our partner in United Philanthropy Forum, Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees (GCIR) has released a sign on statement on family separation and immigration enforcement policies, signed by 160 philanthropic organizations.   GCIR has also released a document with ideas for philanthropic responses to the family separation crisis.

Our Forum partners, Hispanics in Philanthropy and Associated Grant Makers, have gathered resources for funders who want to learn more and/or get involved.

Statements Issued:

Dave Biemsderfer, CEO of United Philanthropy Forum, released a blog piece on the family separation policy
United Way of Mass Bay, The Boston Foundation, Jewish Philanthropies and Catholic Charities released a combined joint statement
Philanthropy California released a combined statement from Northern California, Southern California and San Diego Grantmakers

Hispanics In Philanthropy Resources

Hispanics in Philanthropy have launched an Emergency Response Fund, and issued the following statement on ways funders can respond.

5 Ways You Can Stand Up for Immigrant Children & Families TODAY

Ana Marie Argilagos, president and CEO of Hispanics in Philanthropy

It was 136 years ago when the funds to build the pedestal for the Statue of Liberty ran short. New Yorkers took action. They formed fundraising committees and collected donations from people across the city, including a kindergarten class that donated $1.35. Poet Emma Lazarus wrote a sonnet, “The New Colossus,” to help raise money. Her words — “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free” — have inspired America’s approach to immigration ever since.

Today, these words etched into the Statue of Liberty are at risk. This month is Immigrant Heritage Month, intended to recognize and celebrate the vast contributions of immigrants in this country which was founded by immigrants. Instead, we are witnessing the worst human rights violations in generations.

Despite President Trump’s executive order ending his administration’s policy of separating immigrant children from their parents, the government will continue to treat all immigrants as criminals and to lock families in cages along the U.S.-Mexico border. Make no mistake: this executive order does not fix the damage inflicted on children or their families. Nor does it prevent future trauma. The Trump administration’s zero-tolerance immigration policy is intended to inflict pain, fear, and suffering on children and their parents.

We are better than these xenophobic government policies. We cannot stay silent. We cannot sit by and allow thousands of children and families to suffer traumas that will last a lifetime.

We must remember the lessons learned by our predecessors. We must look back at how Americans mobilized to bring our nation’s beacon of freedom, Lady Liberty, to our shores. Her existence is a constant reminder that we were once a country unified by the immigrant experience. We were and still are proud to be a country of immigrants.

Today, we must once again mobilize to show the world that new immigrants are cared for and welcomed with open arms. You do not have to be wealthy or a government official to take action. Just like the children who donated money to help raise the Statue of Lady Liberty two centuries ago, you too can do your part to ensure we remember our shared values.

HERE ARE A FEW WAYS YOU CAN HELP TODAY:

  1. Donate to HIP’s fund to support lasting services and support for immigrant families detained at the border.
  2. Contact your elected officials and hold them accountable. Tell them you expect them to do better, and to do it NOW.
  3. Contact the U.S. Department of Justice and submit your comments about the damage the current policies are inflicting on children and families.
  4. Contact the White House to demand they put an end to this cruelty and treat our immigrants humanely and with the dignity they deserve.
  5. Elevate your voice! HIP along with many other organizations will be gathering this June 30th at Lafayette Square in Washington, D.C. to protest this administration’s inhumane policy of ripping children away from their parents at the border. Join us in DC or at an event near you. Find out more at the Families Belong Together website.

Thank you, and may we all remember: We are in this together.

Associated Grant Makers Resources

http://www.agmconnect.org/grantmakers-philanthropic-advisors/resources/disaster-and-emergency-relief-resources

  • Greater Boston Immigrant Defense Fund is building Greater Boston’s capacity to protect and defend immigrant and refugee communities by increasing access to legal representation for individuals facing deportation proceedings and community education and preparedness programming
  • Cambridge Legal Defense Fund for Immigrantshas been established to help immigrants in Cambridge, Massachusetts get the legal services they need to stay, legally, in our country.
  • The ACLUis litigating this policy in California.
  • Al Otro Ladois a binational organization that works to offer legal services to deportees and migrants in Tijuana, Mexico, including deportee parents whose children remain in the U.S.
  • American Immigrant Representation Project(AIRP), which works to secure legal representation for immigrants.
  • CARA—a consortium of the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, the American Immigration Council, the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services, and the American Immigration Lawyers Association—provides legal services at family detention centers.
  • CASAin Maryland, D.C., Virginia, and Pennsylvania. They litigate, advocate, and help with representation of minors needing legal services.
  • CLINIC’s Defending Vulnerable Populationsproject offers case assistance to hundreds of smaller organizations all over the country that do direct services for migrant families and children.
  • The Florence Projectis an Arizona project offering free legal services to men, women, and unaccompanied children in immigration custody.
  • Houston Immigration Legal Services Collaborativehas a guide to organizations throughout Texas that provide direct legal services to separated children. Also listed within the guide are resources for local advocates, lawyers, and volunteers.
  • Human Rights Firstis a national organization with roots in Houston that needs help from lawyers too.
  • Kids in Need of Defenseworks to ensure that kids do not appear in immigration court without representation, and to lobby for policies that advocate for children’s legal interests.
  • The Kino Border Initiativeprovides humanitarian aid to refugees and migrants on both sides of the border. They have a wish-list of supplies they can use to help migrants and families staying in the communities they serve.
  • The Legal Aid Justice Centeris a Virginia-based center providing unaccompanied minors legal services and representation.
  • The National Immigrant Justice Centerrepresents and advocates for detained adults and children facing removal, supports efforts at the border, and represents parents in the interior who have been separated from their families as a result of aggressive enforcement.
  • The Northwest Immigrant Rights Projectis doing work defending and advancing the rights of immigrants through direct legal services, systemic advocacy, and community education.
  • Pueblo Sin Fronterasis an organization that provides humanitarian aid and shelter to migrants on their way to the U.S.
  • RAICESis the largest immigration nonprofit in Texas offering free and low-cost legal services to immigrant children and families.
  • Together Risingis another Virginia-based organization that’s helping provide legal assistance for 60 migrant children who were separated from their parents and are currently detained in Arizona.
  • The Urban Justice Center’s Asylum Seeker Advocacy Projectis working to keep families together.
  • Women’s Refugee Commissionadvocates for the rights and protection of women, children, and youth fleeing violence and persecution.
  • Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rightsworks for the rights of children in immigration proceedings.

Responses to DACA Decision

September 14 GCIR Webinar for Funders

The Forum will be co-sponsoring  a Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees webinar, Dreams in Limbo: A Look at the Future of DACA, Young Immigrants, and How Funders Can Respond, that is being held on September 14, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. PDT.

Philanthropic Responses to the DACA Decision

  • Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees issued a statement declaring that  “DACA’s repeal demands a robust response from philanthropy.” GCIR is compiling statements from foundations and PSOs, along with related resources. To add your statement or other resources to GCIR’s resource page on DACA, please send them to Michael@gcir.org.
  • Funders for LGBTQ Issues issued a statement noting that “nearly half of the estimated 75,000 eligible LGBT young undocumented immigrants have taken advantage of DACA, allowing them to dramatically improve their lived experience.”
  • Philanthropy California issued a statement urging policymakers to “develop a solution that protects these young people and upholds our nation’s promise of freedom, fairness, and prosperity for all.”

 

 

 

Support for Hurricane Harvey Relief

Areas in Texas and Louisiana have experienced extreme flooding due to Hurricane Harvey, a record-breaking storm.  As always, philanthropy is stepping forward to assist those whose lives have been devastated by the flooding.  GCRI sister organizations in the region, as well as individual local foundations have established relief funds in the region, to assist in the long recovery and rebuilding process.

How to Help

Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund
The Greater Houston Community Foundation
After receiving an overwhelming number of inquiries from citizens and companies who want to help, Mayor Sylvester Turner has established the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund that will accept tax deductible flood relief donations for victims that have been affected by the recent floods. The Greater Houston Community Foundation is administering the fund.

Hurricane Harvey Disaster Relief Fund
The Dallas Foundation
The Dallas Foundation has also established a fund that will support nonprofit organizations providing aid to Hurricane Harvey victims.

CDP Hurricane Harvey Recovery Fund
Center for Disaster Philanthropy
In response to the needs that will arise following this devastating storm, the Center for Disaster Philanthropy has established the CDP Hurricane Harvey Recovery Fund that will focus on medium and long-term rebuilding needs. We expect the long-term needs to be rebuilding homes, businesses, infrastructure, meeting the needs of young children, supporting mental health needs, and boosting damaged agricultural sectors.

Best Friends’ Relief Fund
This fund brings emergency assistance to animals in the wake of disasters. Donations to this fund are used exclusively to support lifesaving work wherever and whenever a catastrophe occurs.

NOLA Pay It Forward Fund: Hurrican Harvey
Greater New Orleans Foundation
Activated by the Mayor of New Orleans in partnership with the Greater New Orleans Foundation, the NOLA Pay It Forward Fund: Hurricane Harvey will provide resources for the early relief and rebuilding efforts of those communities impacted by Hurricane Harvey.

Hurricane Harvey Relief
GlobalGiving 
This fund will initially support first responders and survivors’ immediate needs, and also direct funds to local organizations to provide long-term support and build stronger response capacity.

Hurricane Harvey Community Relief Fund
Texas Organizing Project Education Fund
Rebuilding in areas impacted by Harvey will be most challenging for marginalized communities. Nearly a quarter of Houstonians live in poverty, approximately 550,000 people, and there are about 575,000 immigrants in the Houston metro area. TOP will work to ensure that Harvey’s most vulnerable victims have access to critical services from first response and basic needs to healthcare, housing and transportation.

Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund
AARP Foundation
Recognizing the immediate and longer-term challenges so many will face in the coming days, weeks, and months – especially people over age 50 who have been affected – AARP Foundation created a relief fund to support the victims devastated by Hurricane Harvey. To meet their needs, AARP and AARP Foundation will also match – dollar for dollar – contributions up to a total of $1 million. Working with the AARP state offices in the affected areas, we will direct 100 percent of all funds raised to organizations providing relief and recovery support to disaster victims.

Houston Chronicle: How to Help Victims of the Texas Storm
The Houston Chronicle
The Houston Chronicle offers a list of local, national and global organizations that are accepting donations to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey.

Philanthropy Southwest Texas Hurricane Relief Efforts
Philanthropy Southwest
Our member located in Texas has compiled a list of Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.

Texas Environmental Justice Advocacy Services Harvey Fund
t.e.ja.s
The Climate Justice Alliance asks that you donate to t.e.ja.s., the oldest environmental justice organization in Houston.

Texas Tribune: How to Get (and Offer) Help After Hurricane Harvey
Texas Tribune
The Texas Tribune has compiled a comprehensive list of resources on how to help with Hurricane Harvey relief and recovery, including where to make charitable donations.

Programming to Learn More

After Hurricane Harvey: Specific Challenges Facing Immigrants and Refugees
Following Hurricane Harvey, the immediate needs of Houston’s immigrant residents are generally no different from other displaced residents; however, they also face particular circumstances that can prevent them from accssing assistance and that impair their ability to rebuild their lives and communities. Join Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees, Philanthropy Southwest, and Center for Disaster Philanthropy for a webinar on September 18 to learn about unique post-hurrican challenges facing immigrants and refugees, particularly those who are low-income and limited English proficient. RSVP and watch the webinar at the link above.

Hurricane Harvey Recovery: How Donors Can Help
In response to significant flooding in Texas and potentially parts of Louisiana, the Council on Foundations and the Center for Disaster Philanthropy hosted a webinar on August 29 on how to allocate resources—human, financial and technical—to meet the needs of Hurricane Harvey-affected communities. Watch the webinar recording at the link above.

Additional Resources

Creating Order From Chaos: Roles for Philanthropy in Disaster Planning and Response
The Jessie Ball duPont Fund published this guide in 2015 to outline the best roles for funders in a disaster, culled from its many decades of experience in responding to the needs of communities and nonprofits beset by disasters, human and natural alike.

Disaster Philanthropy Playbook
A compilation of philanthropic strategies, best practices and lessons learned that helps communities think through how a disaster will affect them and plan and prepare to respond when it happens. It is centered on 15 strategies, including community and economic recovery; education; health and behavioral health; aging and disabled populations; arts and culture; environment; and others. The Disaster Philanthropy Playbook is a joint project of Center for Disaster Philanthropy and Council of New Jersey Grantmakers in association with United Philanthropy Forum.

Disaster, Older Adults and Philanthropy
This article from Grantmakers in Aging details why disaster-related death rates are so much higher older adults and how philanthropy can help.

Disaster Planning and Recovery for Nonprofits, Charities, and Libraries
The Resilient Organization, developed with the Center for Disaster Philanthropy, is a holistic guide to IT disaster planning and recovery. This e-book is intended for organizations that are preparing for a disaster, as well as those that need to rebuild and maintain operations after a disaster.

Measuring the State of Disaster Philanthropy: Data to Drive Decisions
The Center for Disaster Philanthropy has partnered with Foundation Center on an interactive dashboard, which provides an analysis of disaster-related funding by foundations, governments, corporations and individuals. The data presented illuminates funding trends, exposes some of the imbalances in where and when contributions are made to help donors make more strategic decisions about their investments in the full life cycle of disasters, including preparedness and recovery efforts.

RI KIDS COUNT Releases 2017 RI Budget and Legislative Highlights

Rhode Island KIDS COUNT has released their 2017 Budget and Legislative Highlights on issues affecting children in the areas of early learning, education, economic well-being, health, and safety considered in the RI General Assembly’s 2017 Legislative Session.

Highlights include:

Early Learning & Development

  • The Child Care Transition Program (cliff effect policy) was made permanent.
  • $1.1 million was added to expand the State Pre-K program through the education funding formula.
  • The state Head Start supplement was increased by $390,000.
  • Tiered Child Care Quality Rates were not established.

Education

  • Education funding through the funding formula (including Pre-K) was increased.
  • The pilot categorical fund in the education funding formula to support the education of students who are English language learners was made permanent.
  • The RI Promise Scholarship program was created, which covers the cost of two years of tuition and mandatory fees at the Community College of Rhode Island for qualifying Rhode Island students, after federal and other financial aid funds available are used.

Economic Well-Being 

  • The General Assembly approved an incremental increase in the minimum wage over two years from $9.60 per hour to $10.10 per hour, effective January 1, 2018 and to $10.50 per hour, effective January 1, 2019.

Safety

  • The FY 2018 budget added a Case Management Coordinator position to the Office of the Child Advocate (OCA).
  • Legislation passed that provides that the Crime Victim Compensation Program shall allow compensation for a minor who witnesses a homicide or domestic violence incident.

Health

  • The FY 2018 budget preserves current RIte Care eligibility and benefits.
  • Legislation passed that prohibits licensed health care providers from practicing conversion therapy relating to sexual orientation and/or gender identity for children and youth under age eighteen.

Responding to Charlottesville

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
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

Communications 
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

Immigration Workshop Available for Community Leaders and Practitioners

Immigration lawyers from Roger Williams Immigration Law Clinic, Rhode Island Center for Justice and Rhode Island Parent Information Network will present a workshop on July 12, from 2:00-4:00pm, centered on the rights of immigrants and people who may be undocumented or unsure about their citizenship status, the rights of practitioners workingw ith people who are undocumentd, and to address any other questions people may have about immigration.  Presenters will cover the ways in which practitioners can, at best, protect their constituents, and at least, not endanger their constituents, and what healthcare and public benefits are available.  Dorcas International Institute and Economic Progress Institute are also providing resources, along with the Learning Community.

Panelists are:

  • Deborah Gonzalez, Immigration Attorney and Faculty at Roger Williams University School of Law
  • Jennifer Wood, Executive Director of the RI Center for Justice
  • Sam Salganik, Healthcare Rights Attorney at RIPIN
  • Bruno Sukys, Former Director of Citizenship and Immigration Services at Dorcas International Institute
  • Sarah Friedman, Co-Director of the Learning Community Charter School

 Topics include:

  • Understand the rights of your clients, constituents, patients, congregants.
  • Learn about immigration resources in Rhode Island.
  • Understand your rights as a provider serving foreign-born communities and how your organization can be prepared for any issues that may arise.
  • Get information about changes in immigration policy and its implications for our communities

Please share this opportunity with your grantees, community partners and others in the state who might benefit.  RSVP

Strengthening the Youth Sector: Lessons for Funders, Leaders, and Boards Webinar

Strengthening the Youth Sector: Lessons for Funders, Leaders, and Boards  Webinar

Thursday, June 22nd, 12:00-1:00 PM ET

Funders Committee for Civic Participation (FCCP), a sister organization in the Forum, will be hosting a webinar based on the Youth Engagement Fund’s new report, Strengthening the Youth Sector: Lessons for Funders, Leaders, and Boards. This report was produced with input from over 40 executive directors, staff and board members leading youth-oriented civic engagement organizations to help us better understand how we can better support the development and retention of excellent leaders in this sector of work.

Register