Racial Equity and Justice in Philanthropy Funder’s Summit

Recently, The Circle, LEVEL at Vancouver Foundation & Real Estate Foundation BC teams invited funders for a Racial Equity and Justice in Philanthropy Summit. Graphic recorders from Drawing Change were there to witness and reflect powerful conversations between funders who were connecting, reflecting, and challenging their sector about racial equity and justice. Here are a few graphic recordings. Each conversation and panel points a path forward for the philanthropic sector to fund and uphold more racial equity and justice – so we all benefit in our communities.

Please find more of the images, more graphic recordings and resources at https://www.the-circle.ca/rejpfs-resources.html

Gratitude to Kris Archie, Vi Nguyen and Mark Gifford for their stewardship.

Pre-Summit: Shifting Structures in Black Philanthropy | Facilitator: Dorla Tune

racial equity and justice philanthropy graphic recording shifting structures in black philanthropy - drawing change

Speakers: Aneil Gockhale, Zahra Ebrahim, Ross Curtner, Bailey Greenspon & Norman Young

racial equity and justice philanthropy graphic recording learning and unlearning as a collective- drawing changeIncreasing BIPOC Philanthropic Leadership | Daisee Francour, Liz Liske, Gerri Nakirigya Lutaaya, Mohamed Huque & Kris Archie

racial equity and justice philanthropy graphic recording elevating BIPIOC leadership in philanthropy- drawing change

Opening Plenary: Chief Janice George, Lori Villarosa, Paulette Senior, Sara Lyons & Kris Archie

racial equity and justice philanthropy graphic recording opening plenary of Summit 2020 - drawing change

Intersections of Environment, Philanthropy and Justice | Speakers: Eriel Deranger, Eugene Kung, Sonja Swift, Wanjiku Gatheru & Mark Gifford

racial equity and justice philanthropy graphic recording intersections of environment philanthropy and justice - drawing change

The Future of Philanthropy | Speakers: Jara Dean-Coffey, Vu Le, Kris Archie & Vi Nguyen

racial equity and justice philanthropy graphic recording plenary future of philanthropy - drawing change

Many details made this online summit a unique experience, from how guests were invited to connect to the land, the many artists that contributed to the summit workbook, and the way the graphic recording team was invited to record the conversations and also to create reflection videos.

For example, place based learning can still be central to a virtual experience. Below is a highlight from the Summit’s workbook:

“It is our value and practice to centre place-based learning in our work. Although this gathering has shifted to an online space, it continues to be important to uphold this value – despite our new context. We invite you to do some research and reflection on the land upon which you’re tuning in from: What gift does the land share with you, your loved ones, your community? What story does the land tell? What work related to equity and justice has happened on this land? What work is happening?

This reflective activity will help ground your experience and centre a local, and community context to your learning and summit experience. In the days that lead up to this learning event, we invite you to reflect on your desires, experiences and practices. We encourage you to bring your reflections, your questions, ideas, current work challenges and your curiosity.”

Learn about The Circle and membership opportunities: https://www.the-circle.ca/how-we-work.html

Resources from the Racial Equity and Justice Funders’ Summit 2020: https://www.the-circle.ca/rejpfs-resources.html

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