Embracing Discomfort and Achieving Equity in Philanthropy

When events like the murders of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling or the violence against the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe rouse the nation's attention to structural inequalities, philanthropies that have the ability to create systems change often instead provide a ritualistic, intellectual response that's safe and comfortable. But to achieve the equity we all claim to be in search of, philanthropy must have a look in the mirror and lean into some very uncomfortable conversations about who we are, what we believe, and how we could adapt our approaches to new realities and environments. In a new Huffington Post piece, Schott Foundation Vice President of Programs and Advocacy Edgar Villanueva and philanthropist William Cordery offer the field five considerations to adjust its sail and head toward true equity. They must:

  • Walk the talk with a committed leader and board
  • Explicitly define equity in their approach
  • Hire the right staff
  • Listen to grantees
  • Have difficult conversations

Click here to read the full post, "Sit in It: Philanthropy Must Embrace Discomfort and Rapid Change on the Road to Achieving Equity."

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