Funder Meeting on Government Alliance on Race and Equity

The Philanthropic Initiative for Racial Equity (PRE), the Neighborhood Funders Group, and the Government Alliance on Race and Equity invite you to a special funders learning/strategy meeting in advance of the Convening on Racial Equity, co-hosted by Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges and St Paul Mayor Chris Coleman. The funders meeting will be followed by an informal networking session with a light dinner. The convening begins at 7 pm.

August 5, 2014
3:30 - 5:30pm
The McNamara Alumni Center
University of Minnesota Minneapolis campus,
200 Oak St. SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455

This funder meeting is open to grantmakers who recognize the leveraging role that government can play in achieving racial equity in cities and regions and are interested in connecting with other place-based funders and learning more about the Government Alliance on Race and Equity.

The Government Alliance on Race and Equity is a national network of government working to achieve racial equity and advance opportunities for all. When government:

  • Makes a commitment to achieving racial equity,
  • Focuses on the power and influence of their own institutions, and
  • Works in partnership with others, then

significant leverage and expansion opportunities emerge, setting the stage for the achievement of racial equity in our communities.

A variety of resource people will be participating in the meeting, including elected officials, peer funders and the following national experts:

  • john a. powell, director of the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society, U-C Berkeley,
  • Glenn Harris, new president of the Center for Social Inclusion and former Race and Social Justice Initiative Manager, and
  • Julie Nelson, director of the Government Alliance on Race and Equity, and former Director of the City of Seattle Office of Civil Rights.

There will be discussion of the immediate practical ways funders can engage with the Alliance, including innovative funding strategies targeted at eliminating structural racism and opportunities to work in partnerships with government and the community at the regional level. We will also explore whether there is value in a debriefing space and additional exchange for funders after the full conference, either in person or via conference call.

We are still shaping the specific agenda and will share additional details shortly; we welcome your input. If you have funder colleagues that you think we should invite, please let us know.

To RSVP, e-mail as soon as possible, and indicate whether you would like to attend the funder meeting or join a conversation by phone after the conference.


Lori Villarosa
Executive Director and Founder, Philanthropic Initiative for Racial Equity

Dennis Quirin,
President, Neighborhood Funders Group

Julie Nelson,
Director, Government Alliance on Race and Equity