Virtual Workshop: Bending the Arc of Grantmaking Towards Racial Justice

In today’s climate of racial tension and the ensuing movement for racial equity taken up by foundations, Lori Villarosa, co-author of Grantmaking with a Racial Justice Lens and founder/executive director of the Philanthropic Initiative for Racial Equity (PRE) notes that “we now have more lessons to confront power, shift how we distribute our resources and move toward system-wide transformation.”

These lessons and this shift will be the topic of a Candid virtual workshop on Tuesday, March 30, from 11:00 am - 12:30 pm PT/2:00 - 3:30 pm ET. Hear directly from Michelle Morales of the Woods Fund Chicago and Castle Redmond of The California Endowment--two grantmakers whose foundations have advanced both racial equity and racial justice grantmaking--as they share the kinds of shifts they made and sought as they deepened their investments for greater community transformation.

A Racial Equity Lens

In 2006, PRE partnered with GrantCraft to lift up what it meant to move from a "colorblind" frame or a basic diversity frame to actually applying a racial equity lens to their grantmaking, building on work that PRE had been advancing since its launch in 2003. Grantmaking with a Racial Equity Lens reached thousands of funders and nonprofits and became a seminal resource for the field.

In 2019, PRE created an updated guide to reflect the ways funders were advancing a racial justice lens, starting initially by asking racial justice movement ecosystem leaders what they would like to see philanthropy doing differently.

A racial equity lens separates symptoms from causes; a racial justice lens brings into view the confrontations necessary for real change.


To learn more or to register for the session, visit Candid Learning.

Virtual Workshop: Bending the Arc of Grantmaking Towards Racial Justice


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