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Unpacking this weekend's events in Charlottesville, tools and resources

August 14, 2017

As the events in Charlottesville unfolded this weekend, I’m sure many of you, like myself, watched in disbelief at the outright anti-American and dangerous rhetoric that threatens the safety of our communities. Earlier this year, our FPN hosted a discussion at our annual Summit on shifting from intolerance to acceptance and understanding the conditions that lead to the disproportionate experience of violence among marginalized communities.
Sadly, this work must continue. As community leaders, grantmakers are uniquely positioned to address the escalation of conflict and support a deeper understanding for the role philanthropy can play to strengthen communities and unpack the short- and long-term effects of violence and unwelcomed hate groups.
For those of you looking to start discussions on diversity, equity, inclusion and race relations in response to the Charlottesville rallies this weekend, our FPN offers the following resources for your consideration and potential use.  

Stand in Solidarity with Charlottesville
Find or start an event in your community. Partner with community organizations to start discussions about what happened in Charlottesville and actions you can take in your own community.  

Disaster Philanthropy Playbook
As part of your discussion with community organizations, partners and grantees, use the Disaster Playbook tool from Center for Disaster Philanthropy to create a plan in advance should something like this happen in your community. Your Disaster Playbook will better enable you to respond to short-term community needs and support long-term resiliency efforts.

Ten Ways to Fight Hate: A Community Response Guide
Southern Poverty Law Center has updated their Ten Ways to Fight Hate guide in response to the Charlottesville attacks. This guide sets out 10 principles for fighting hate in your community.
The Road to Achieving Equity
Kris Putnam Walkerly offers findings and lessons from several foundations working to incorporate varying degrees of an equity focus into their work.

White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack
This widely circulated essay from Dr. Peggy McIntosh, Wellesley College Senior Research Scientist and Former Associate Director, examines systemic racism and her personal experiences. This link includes the essay as well as facilitator notes from the author on having productive conversations.

Short Talks with Alicia Garza: Turning Moments Into Movements
Black Lives Matter has brought striking issues of violence, human rights and racial equity into the national spotlight. Many grantmakers recognize the role of social movements in advancing justice for marginalized people, and are making a shift from solely supporting individual nonprofits to supporting intersecting networks and movements. At the 2016 Grantmakers for Effective Organizations annual conference, Alicia Garza, co-creator of the Black Lives Matter network, addressed strategies grantmakers are using and can use to address the issues of power and privilege that are inherent in funding practices.

Operationalizing Equity
Putting the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Racial and Ethnic Equity and Inclusion Framework Into Action
Operationalizing Equity looks at the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s decades-long journey to promote race equity and inclusion. The challenges and breakthroughs that the Casey Foundation has experienced can help other funders and grantmaking organizations as they seek to embed the values of equity into their programming and operations.

Fostering Resident Voice and Influence
The Making Connections Experience With Resident Engagement and Leadership
This report from the Center for the Study of Social Policy presents insights the Casey Foundation gained after more than a decade of working with residents to achieve better results during Making Connections, the Foundation’s signature community change effort of the 2000s. The report discusses the value of resident engagement and leadership, provides examples of activities and lessons learned and demonstrates the impact those activities had — and can have — in communities.

Supporting Immigrants and Refugees in Volatile Times: What Philanthropy Can Do
This document from Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees provides an overview of areas for philanthropic impact, identifying funding options on the individual, system, grantee, public opinion, immigrant communities or movement levels.

Ted Talks about Race
View or share these Ted Talks about race relations and start the conversation at the local level.

Speakers Who Inspire | Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg
Through the Speakers Who Inspire series, the Foundation brings to the community nationally recognized speakers whose work relates to its mission of health equity through social change. FHSP hopes their insights and ideas will inform, inspire, and motivate action toward a healthier and more equitable South Pinellas County. Each presentation is videotaped and posted online; watch a video of the first two speakers, Tim Wise and Dr. David Williams. 

Robert (Bob) McFalls is the president and CEO of Florida Philanthropic Network. Through FPN, nearly 700 foundation leaders and grantmaking professionals are connected to explore foundation-specific issues, improve practices and address policy issues. Our FPN members work alongside business, government and nonprofit sectors to promote the best interest of Floridians and build philanthropy to build a better Florida.
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