2020 Cafritz Lecture on Philanthropy: Vanessa Daniel, Groundswell Fund

Thursday, February 27, 2020
9:00am to 11:30am EST
Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company
641 D St NW, Washington, DC
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The Cafritz Lecture on Philanthropy is an annual event that brings national philanthropic leaders to the Greater Washington region to highlight trends, challenges, and opportunities that will affect our work in the years ahead.

The Transformational Power of Investing in Women of Color

RegistrationThis event is open to members of the Greater Washington region's philanthropic community.
Members: Free. Please login to register online.
Non-Member Funders: $100/person. Email Rebekah Seder, seder(at)washingtongrantmakers.org, to register.
Non-Member PSO staff: $50/person. Email Rebekah Seder, seder(at)washingtongrantmakers.org, to register.

As funders grapple with how to advance racial equity and social justice, Vanessa Daniel believes philanthropy is underinvesting in the people and organizations best positioned to bring about transformational social change: women of color-led grassroots organizations. Nationally, only 0.6 percent of foundation giving in 2016 was targeted toward women of color. In her widely-read 2019 New York Times op-ed, Vanessa Daniel observes how common foundation practices and implicit biases create barriers to funding for people and organizations closest to the problems that foundations are trying to address. As the 2020 Cafritz Lecturer on Philanthropy, Ms. Daniel will make a powerful case for why philanthropy must dramatically increase investments in grassroots organizing led by women of color.

9:00-9:45am: Registration & Breakfast 
9:45am - 11:30am: Program

About Vanessa Daniel

Vanessa Daniel is the founder and Executive Director of Groundswell Fund and of Groundswell Action Fund. Under her leadership, Groundswell has moved more than $50 million to the field, with a focus on grassroots organizing led by women of color, low income women and transgender people, and 90 percent of its total giving going to work led by women of color. In 2017, Groundswell received the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy’s “Impact Award” and Vanessa was featured in the Chronicle of Philanthropy as one of 15 “Influencers” changing the nonprofit world. Prior to Groundswell, Vanessa supported LGBT rights, economic and environmental justice grantmaking at Tides Foundation; organized homecare workers with SEIU; helped win a landmark living wage law with the East Bay Alliance for a Sustainable Economy; and conducted research to support the organizing efforts of welfare mothers with the Applied Research Center (now Race Forward). Vanessa currently serves on the Board of Directors of Common Counsel Foundation. She has a B.A. from Smith College and is a graduate of the Center for Third World Organizing’s Movement Activist Apprenticeship Program.

The Cafritz Lecture on Philanthropy is generously sponsored by:


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