Racial Equity

WRAG's Racial Equity Working Group

Throughout 2016, a sizable cohort of WRAG’s membership participated in a learning series exploring the dimensions of racism, and a training series on applying a racial equity lens to grantmaking and communicating effectively about race and racism. The initiative was called Putting Racism on the Table. While learning is always ongoing, funders are ready to move toward action to advance racial equity.

In February 2017, WRAG launched the Racial Equity Working Group. The group has identified three major areas of focus:

  • Envisioning a Racially Equitable Region: When you disaggregate the data on social outcomes in our region, be it educational achievement, household wealth, or health status, racial disparities are stark. What are the implications of equity for schools, neighborhoods, jobs, economic development, and so much more?
  • Community Engagement: The working group will consider how best to engage with communities across the region to both listen to and raise up their voices so that they authentically inform this work.
  • Systems & Policy Work: Grants alone won’t undo inequitable systems that have been centuries in the making. The working group will focus on the systems that impact people’s lives, and the policy shifts that are needed in order to make real change in our region.

Racial Equity Working Group Co-Chairs:

  • Hanh Le, Executive Director, Weissberg Foundation
  • Yanique Redwood, President & CEO, Consumer Health Foundation

Interested in Joining REWG?
REWG hosts quarterly orientations for WRAG members interested in getting involved with the working group. For more information on working group membership guidelines and decision-making structure, click here.

For more information about the Racial Equity Working Group, please contact Tamara Copeland.

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Other Resources

Putting Racism on the Table - Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers
This is WRAG's 2016 - 2018 initiative on structural racism, white privilege, and implicit bias. Check out this site to watch the multi-part learning series, access discussion and viewing guides, read perspectives from funders across the region, and more.

Glossary for Understanding Structural Racism/Promoting Racial Equity Analysis - The Aspen Institute
This glossary defines the terms used in discussions about racism and racial equity.

Race Implicit Association Test - Project Implicit
This 10 minute test helps to reveal thoughts and feelings outside of conscious awareness and control.

Grantmaking with a Racial Equity Lens - Grantcraft
This guide explores how a racial equity lens can help you scan your field or community, cultivate new leaders, encourage creative approaches, get people talking, and nourish change inside your own foundation.

Racial Equity Resource Guide - W.K. Kellogg Foundation
A comprehensive and interactive compilation of relevant resources for organizations working to achieve racial equity in their communities.

The Case for Funding Black-Led Social Change - The Black Social Change Funders Network
A project of ABFE: A Philanthropic Partnership for Black Communities and the Hill-Snowdon Foundation

"White Fragility: Why It's So Hard to Talk to White People about Racism" - by Robin DiAngelo (speaker on white privilege in the Putting Racism on the Table series)
Robin DiAngelo explains why white people often react defensively in, or avoid entirely, conversations about racism.

A collection of tools, reports, and resources from the Government Alliance on Race and Equity

National Equity Atlas - PolicyLink & USC
An online repository of data to make the case for equity. 

"BrotherSpeak" - A Washington Post video series exploring the lives of black men
The series was produced by Post editor Chris Jenkins, who spoke with WRAG member CEOs about the impact of racism on the Greater Washington region in October 2015