#PhilanthropySoWhite: An Urgent Conversation on Whiteness in Philanthropy


After more than two years of reckoning, uprising for racial justice, a pandemic, and a turbulent election — where do white leaders in the philanthropy sector find themselves and their leadership regarding racial justice in and outside of their organizations? Philanthropy remains so white, but progress has been made, and there have been some interesting learnings on the journey.

This one hour livestream event will be moderated by Schott Foundation's Senior Vice President Edgar Villanueva, author of Decolonizing Wealth.

In 2018, Schott presented the original #PhilanthropySoWhite webinar. While its title raised eyebrows, the conversations that transpired were vulnerable, truth-speaking catalysts to sector-wide discussions about the urgent need to change philanthropy’s approach to diversity, equity, and inclusion. #PhilanthropySoWhite is also a call for white leaders to create anti-racist organizations and giving practices that are representative and inclusive of the communities and cultures they serve. 

Joining Edgar on the panel will be:

  • Nick Donohue, President & CEO, The Nellie Mae Education Foundation 
  • John Palfrey, President, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation 
  • Hilary Pennington, Executive Vice President of Programs, Ford Foundation 

Vanessa Daniel, Founder and Executive Director of the Groundswell Fund, will offer an end-of-session reflection and response to the discussion on confronting whiteness in philanthropy.