An Honest Look at Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: Are We Getting It Right?

Thu, November 16, 2017 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Redwood City

Diversity makes us stronger. Large-scale movements including Black Lives Matter, Dreamers, Standing Rock and the 2016 presidential election are changing society and philanthropy along with it. Join fellow travelers for a deep dive into how they’re managing change and moving toward their values.

A beautiful thing about this country is its multiracial character. But right now, we've got diversity with a lot of segregation and inequity. I want to see a truly inclusive society. I think we will always struggle as a country toward that—no postracial society is possible or desirable—but every generation can make progress toward that goal. – Rinku Sen, Race Forward, to NBC News

The Peninsula Philanthropy Network is bringing together foundations from across the spectrum to reflect on changes they’re making to the way they do business and new types of partnerships they’re forging.

Changes include deploying rapid response funds, shifting grantmaking priorities, and incorporating an equity lens that takes into account their position in relation to systems of power including by race, gender, ability, immigration status and sexual orientation.    

Recent data shows less than seven percent of grant dollars went towards ethnic or racial minority communities in the nation, even though those groups comprise nearly 40 percent of the US population (D5 Coalition). Only six percent of grant dollars went to people with disabilities, though they represent 12 percent of the population.

Philanthropy has an opportunity to get it right. Please join us to talk about how we’re doing it, what we’re learning and where we go from here.


Nancy Chan | Director of Partnerships at

JC De Vera | Nurturing Equity Movements Fellow at The San Francisco Foundation

Kelley D. Gulley | Senior Program Officer at Irvine Foundation in San Francisco 

Carolyn Wang Kong | Senior Program Officer at Blue Shield of California Foundation

Edward Wang | Director of Corporate Philanthropy at TIdes


The meeting space at the Redwood Shores Library is provided as a community service by the City of Redwood City. The City neither sponsors nor endorses this event nor the presenting individual or organizations.


Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy

Target Audience

This program is open to NCG members and non-member funders.  

About the Peninsula Philanthropy Network

The Peninsula Philanthropy Network is a group of philanthropy professionals who are leveraging the collective power and influence of philanthropy on the peninsula. We create opportunities to learn together about issues facing our community and to develop relationships with people working towards social impact.

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