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A Maryland That Works for All: Philanthropy’s Equity Imperative

Posted By Adam Donaldson, Monday, May 19, 2014

May 19, 2014

By Adam Donaldson

Last week ABAG celebrated our 31st Annual Meeting with over 150 members and partners gathered to elect the Board of Directors and to hear from Keynote Angela Blackwell Glover, Founder and CEO of PolicyLink discuss "A Maryland That Works for All: Philanthropy’s Equity Imperative."

She spoke to us about realizing the opportunity of our country's increasing diversity, which you can view in full on YouTube.

To encourage your viewing, here’s a few soundbites:

  • "…equity is just and fair inclusion in to a society into which all can participate, prosper, thrive and reach their full potential. It’s a tall order."
  • "When we use the term equity we have to start with what it is we want to achieve and back in to what the inputs might be.”
  • "…think in universal goals with targeted strategies."
  • "There is certainly something wrongwith under investing in public education. There is certainly something wrong when amenities like grocery stores, drug stores, and parks move away and shut down in those communities. There is certainly something wrong to have employment discrimination…”
  • "The equity agenda is certainly a moral agenda. You feel that you should do the right thing – the right thing with your philanthropy, the right thing with your personal….but this is also an economic agenda."
  • "We are going to be in a place where cities are the center of everything."

She provided three broad policy priorities for building an equitable economy:

1. Grow Good Jobs: by maximizing the equity and growth returns from public spending and investment, improving the pay and quality of low-wage jobs, and expanding entrepreneurship opportunities among people of color.

2. Build Human Capabilities: by upgrading the education and skills of our diverse workforce and ensuring all children can realize their full potential in the world of work.

3. Erase Barriers and Expand Opportunities: by dismantling racial barriers to economic inclusion and civic participation, building pipelines to high-quality jobs, and implementing place-based strategies and investments to create communities of opportunity.

And, finally, she highlighted the particular role for philanthropy in this work:

  • Philanthropy can build champions of equity.
  • Philanthropy can support proof of concept.
  • Philanthropy can support the narrative change that equity is not just a moral but an economic issue.
  • Philanthropy can fund advocacy.
  • Philanthropy can support communities of practice.
  • Philanthropy can help your Boards of Directors understand equity.

You can learn more about Angela Blackwell Glover and PolicyLink here.

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Tags:  diversity  equity  inclusion  May 2014 Annual Meeting  May 2014 Members' Memo 

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