CHANGE Philanthropy Convening

Neighborhood Funders Group is proud to be a collaborative partner of CHANGE Philanthropy and a member of the planning committee for the 2017 UNITY Summit. We hope you'll join us for these learning and networking opportunities.

Tuesday, September 19th

» Session: What Keeps Communities Safe? Divesting from Mass Criminalization
10:00 - 11:30 am | Salon D, Third Floor

» Workshop: Practicing Philanthropic Solidarity
10:00 - 11:30 am | Salon A, Third Floor

» Luncheon Plenary: Funding Power 
11:30 - 1:00 pm | Bissonet Ballroom

» NFG Member Reception
5:00 - 6:30 pm | Riverview, 41st Floor

Wednesday, September 20th

» Morning Plenary: Addressing Criminalization and Policing of Our Communities
8:30 - 9:30 am | Bissonet Ballroom

» Closing Luncheon Plenary: Movement Building Call to Action
12:00 - 1:30 pm | Bissonet Ballroom

Tuesday, September 19th

» Session: What Keeps Communities Safe? Divesting from Mass Criminalization
10:00 - 11:30 am | Salon D, Third Floor

  • Local campaigns across the country are fighting for cities and counties to divest from the criminalization of their residents and redirect public resources to invest in the needs and the dreams of communities who currently have the least access to public resources and benefits. Participants will learn about campaigns in Atlanta and New Orleans, how to instead increase dollars to public schools and other meaningful public investments, and specific ways to apply the invest/divest framework to their own grantmaking practices.
  • Speakers:
    • Kung Li, NEO Philanthropy and Funders for Justice's “What Keeps Communities Safe” invest/divest project
    • Stephanie Guilloud, Project South
    • Norris Henderson, Voice of the Experienced (VOTE)
  • Moderator:
    • Tynesha McHarrisNoVo Foundation and Funders for Justice

» Workshop: Practicing Philanthropic Solidarity
10:00 - 11:30 am | Salon A, Third Floor

  • Deploying resources to protect and empower communities, as well as support resistance work, funders are faced with multiple dilemmas: simultaneously advance a long-term strategy on short grant timelines, managing support for organizations in different states of “readiness,” and collaboration with peer philanthropies. In these moments, how can savvy grantmakers align their values with their practice? Drawing from the lived experiences of staff from the Akonadi Foundation, California Endowment, and Groundswell Fund, participants will explore different models of philanthropic solidarity and be introduced to the Bay Area Justice Funders Network’s The Choir Book: A Framework for Social Justice Philanthropy.
  • Speakers:
    • Dana Kawaoka-Chen, Bay Area Justice Funders Network (BAJFN)
    • Iris GarciaAkonadi Foundation
    • Vanessa DanielGroundswell Fund
    • Nile MalloyDemocratizing Development Program, Neighborhood Funders Group

» Luncheon Plenary: Funding Power 
11:30 - 1:00 pm | Bissonet Ballroom

  • What do funders need to do more of or less of to support and leverage critical  social and racial justice leadership? Most of us believe, or at least voice, that social change work should be led by the communities most impacted, however there are also some calls for funders to lean into a greater activist role. What role can they play in enhancing power beyond direct resourcing? We will explore strategies on how foundations and donors can invest to build and sustain community, electoral, and cultural power.
  • Presented by:
    • Lori Villarosa, Philanthropic Initiative For Racial Equity (PRE)
  • Supporting partner:
    • Adriana RochaNeighborhood Funders Group

» NFG Member Reception
5:00 - 6:30 pm | Riverview, 41st Floor

  • Join the NFG board, program leadership, and members to hear about our strategic direction and upcoming cross-programming in 2018, with a chance to connect with peers from across the country in social justice philanthropy. Cocktails and appetizers will be served. RSVP to, and we welcome you to bring a friend!    

Wednesday, September 20th

» Morning Plenary: Addressing Criminalization and Policing of Our Communities
8:30 - 9:30 am | Bissonet Ballroom

  • In the current political climate, policing and criminalization are intensifying on every front. The federal government has declared its intention to criminalize and exclude immigrants, Muslims, and transgender people; ramp up the war on drugs; pour resources into “law and order” policing and targeting of communities of color nationwide; and further criminalize protest and dissent. Black and Native communities have been policed, criminalized, and imprisoned on this land for centuries, and it is only intensifying with limited gains being rolled back at the federal level. Local grassroots fights are the reason and the place for any current progress—their success is critical for all of us. There is an urgent need for comprehensive field and philanthropic responses that bridge communities and issues, break down silos, and recognize how criminalization affects our communities.
  • Speakers:
    • Dagoberto Bailon, Trans Queer Pueblo
    • Julia Beatty, Black-Led Movement Fund, Borealis Philanthropy
    • George Galvis, Communities United for Restorative Youth Justice (CURYJ)
    • Gina Womack, Families and Friends of Louisiana’s Incarcerated Children (FFLIC)
    • Arjun SethiSecurity and Rights Collaborative, Proteus Fund
  • Moderator:
    • Aleah Bacquie Vaughn, Criminal Justice Initiative

» Closing Luncheon Plenary: Movement Building Call to Action
12:00 - 1:30 pm | Bissonet Ballroom

  • Throughout the Unity Summit, we’ll have heard powerful ideas about how we can advance equity within and through our institutions. Implementing these ideas, however, can be challenging. We will close the Summit with practical guidance from the CHANGE Philanthropy Partners on how we can implement the calls to action we’ve heard over the preceding days.

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