What does a “slash” have to do with racial equity?

When filling out demographic information on a registration form, have you ever stopped to consider the line that’s often labeled “Race/Ethnicity”? That slash may seem like a small thing, but at a recent focus group in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago, it is an obvious source of consternation and confusion. “There’s ambiguity around the definition…

Presenter Q&A with Darren Isom: the best learnings come from communities

Darren Isom, Bridgespan partner and former executive director of Memphis Music Initiative, wants philanthropic organizations to be intentional about equitable giving, and will lead a frank conversation about it during his Upswell workshop, “Enough Talk — How Foundations Can Live Their Racial Equity Strategy.” He also leads his life guided by an empowering message instilled…

Is your organization’s giving equitable?

Darren Isom, Bridgespan partner and former executive director of Memphis Music Initiative, says everyone may be talking about equity, but there’s a huge disconnect between how the philanthropic sector thinks about giving, and how organizations live equitable strategies internally. It’s time to talk about how that disconnect can compromise implementation and limit the equitable outcomes…