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April Quarterly Membership Meeting | Activating Philanthropy’s Power for Change: Tools to Advance Equity and Inclusion

April 25, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 2:30 pm


Session Overview:

Foundations are unique entities that hold enormous power and privilege. And because power is not often discussed openly and directly in the philanthropic sector, it tends to grow in unintentional ways that mirror and exacerbate existing power structures. Too often, foundation leaders act from power they are unaware that they wield. This embedded, seemingly invisible culture and privilege informs how a foundation decides what is “normal,” “good,” “effective” or “risky.”

The session will introduce Power Moves: Your Essential Philanthropy Assessment Guide for Equity and Justice, an innovative resource for funders from the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP). Power Moves helps funders examine their power and fully activate it to create change – with humility and attention to privilege.

Join us for this interactive session on how Power Moves can help you redefine risk to more effectively build, share and wield power for equity and justice.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand how Power Moves is distinct among philanthropy tools, and ways to get started with the guide.
  • Understand how power and privilege operate within your institution.
  • Learn how to obtain honest feedback on grantmaking, partnerships and public leadership.
  • Obtain practical tips for advancing discussion and action around re-conceptualizing “risk” among distinct philanthropic roles and institutions.
  • Find out how other grantmakers are using Power Moves.
  • Hear practical insights from your foundation peers who have explored power and equity issues.

Who should attend?

  • Foundation executives who support organizational culture and operations
  • Grantmaking staff who support grant programs and programming
  • Program staff who lead diversity, equity and inclusion for their organization and/or community
  • Program staff who coordinate nonprofit networks, nonprofit learning, nonprofit trainings and support nonprofit peer-learning
  • Evaluation staff who track and monitor progress for the foundation and/or their community
  • Staff at new foundations that are establishing their grant programs and focus areas

Please join us – we think this session has something for everyone!

Our Speaker:

Dan Petegorsky,  Senior Fellow and Director of Public Policy

Dan Petegorsky is a senior fellow and director of public policy at NCRP, where he leads the organization’s work to support foundations and practitioners seeking to protect and expand nonpartisan democratic and civic participation for historically marginalized communities. Dan has more than 30 years of experience promoting social change. He is best known for his 14 years as executive director of Western States Center, a regional training and support center for nonprofit advocacy and community organizing in the Pacific Northwest, Northern Rockies and Great Basin. Dan has also worked as western regional director of Peace Development Fund and consultant to organizations such as The Atlantic Philanthropies, Leadership Center for the Common Good, Campaign for a Fair Settlement, Proteus Fund and Funders’ Committee for Civic Participation. He helped found the Ballot Initiative Strategy Center and serves on the boards of Communities United for People and Every Voice Center (formerly Public Campaign). Dan holds a Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley and a B.A from Brandeis University. His work has been published on The Huffington Post, Nonprofit Quarterly and Ark Magazine.

Parking & Room Directions

Parking is behind the building, but please note the entrance is at the front of the building (on 12th Avenue). There is overflow parking at St. Wenceslaus Church next door. We will be meeting in the Foundry Training Lab on the second floor of the Geonetric Building.

*Please note that each member is allowed one free registration, and the cost for additional registrants is $25.00


April 25, 2019
10:00 am - 2:30 pm
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415 12th Ave SE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52401 United States
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Kari McCann Boutell


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