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Philanthropy’s Equity Imperative

Posted By Elisabeth Hyleck, Thursday, June 12, 2014
Updated: Monday, June 23, 2014
Updated, June 23, 2014
By Elisabeth Hyleck, Programs and Initiatives Director

At ABAG’s Annual Meeting last month, members and partners heard Angela Blackwell Glover, Founder and CEO of PolicyLink discuss "A Maryland That Works for All: Philanthropy’s Equity Imperative” and about realizing the opportunity of our country's increasing diversity. You can find highlights of the event/keynote here or you can view in full on YouTube.

ABAG’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee, which strives to support the learning of members about issues related to equity and inclusion, solicited reactions to the keynote address and input about ABAG’s work toward increasing diversity and inclusion by asking attendees to provide us with input on a key take-away, an action that they might take following the meeting, topics of interest to explore further and/or suggestions for ABAG’s continued efforts in this area.

We were so pleased at the responses!

Here’s a few of the thoughts and comments from our funding community:

• "Equity ≠ Equal. Different groups have different needs”
• "We’re becoming a nation that is defined by what’s happening with people of color”
• "Hearing the statistics based on race/people of color are becoming the majority is astounding!”
• "More advocacy - Innovation in mental health-social, emotional development in schools.”
• How can philanthropy influence public and private policy to build the middle class?
• Some say it’s not about race - it’s about poverty. How should we think through that?
• What does this mean for programs, policies & strategies in philanthropy?
• Changing the narrative. How to tell the equity story? How to talk in the economic terms?
• Congratulations to ABAG for leading the conversation on Equity.

And, here’s some of the follow-up thoughts from our members:

1. Sign up for the Policy Link mailing list.
2. Use the "equity lens” to inform group work, by raising it in each conversation.

As a result of these suggestions, our first next step is to plan a discussion about race and poverty in Maryland.

ABAG remains committed to fulfill our mission by embracing diversity and inclusion in our membership, governance and programs and will continue infuse ABAG's values of diversity, inclusiveness and respect in our work.
For more information on our efforts, click here.

Tags:  Adventures in Philanthropy  Diversity  Equity  Inclusion  June 2014 Members' Memo 

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