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Fall Quarterly Membership Meeting – Building Racial Equity: The Role of Philanthropy

October 28 @ 12:00 pm - October 29 @ 4:00 pm


Building Racial Equity: The Role of Philanthropy

October 28 & 29 | 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm | Online
Please join us for our Fall Quarterly Membership Meeting, which was originally scheduled for August. This two-part workshop provides an introduction to the roles, responsibilities, and opportunities for philanthropy to advance racial equity. The curriculum:

  • creates shared understanding of the history of the construction of race, and the impact of that construction on Black, Indigenous, and other People of Color;
  • establishes core concepts and analysis about race and racism, including distinguishing between diversity, inclusion, and equity;
  • helps attendees strengthen their understanding of the four levels of racism and apply a root cause analysis to observed racial inequities;
  • provides space to explore how implicit bias affects institutional practices; and
  • introduces tactics for advancing racial equity in day-to-day activities.

We hope you will join us for this important conversation and learning opportunity.

We will notify membership if there are any open spots for the new training dates. Priority will be given to those who had previously registered for the initial August training dates. Please contact Kari at kmccann@iowacounciloffoundations.org if you have any questions about this.

*Please note that each member is allowed one free registration, and the cost for additional registrants is $25.00. We will invoice you as we move closer to the event.

Meeting Sponsors

This program was funded in part by a grant from the United Philanthropy Forum and contributions from the following sponsors:


Our Trainers
Michele Kumi Baer, Philanthropy Project Director, She/her/hers

Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, the ancestral and unceded lands of the Ohlone people, Michele is a social justice practitioner working in philanthropy and the larger nonprofit sector.

At Race Forward, Michele is developing the organization’s strategy and portfolio of work advancing racial equity in and racial justice through philanthropy. As Philanthropy Project Director, Michele works nationally with foundations, philanthropy-serving organizations, donor collaboratives, and affinity groups to strengthen philanthropy’s ability to normalize, operationalize, and organize for racial equity, both within individual institutions and throughout the sector. She is frequently on the road speaking and facilitating trainings.

In her previous role at The New York Community Trust, Michele organized grantmaking and convening activities in the arts, community development, and the environment. While at The Trust, she devoted herself to advancing racial equity at the foundation and in the larger sector through funder collaboratives and affinity groups.

Throughout her career, Michele has worked in programming, advocacy, research, capacity building, and communications roles to advance racial justice, gender justice, and disability justice at and through nonprofits large and small. Previous posts include work at Columbia University, Dance/NYC, and the Global Fund for Women. Michele has also worked in a consultative and/or advisory capacity with a variety of nonprofit and government organizations, providing input and guidance on their grantmaking, programming, and communications work. This includes previous work with National Endowment for the Arts, Women of Color in the Arts, Harlem Arts Festival, Staten Island Arts, and Dance Caribbean Collective.

She is skilled at conducting research and building consensus with diverse stakeholders to promote dialogue and action, propel new program development, and strategically enable nonprofits, collectives, and corporations to create and embody more equitable and just practices.

Michele is also a trained dancer in African disaporian traditions from Brazil, Haiti, and West Africa (Guinea and Mali). Her dance practice is core to her social justice work. Proud of her heritage and mixed racial identity, Michele is a multiracial Asian and a proud Yonsei (fourth generation Japanese American).

Michele has a Bachelors from Brown University and a Masters from Columbia University.

She is currently based in Los Angeles.

Jesse Villalobos, Senior Director of Place-Based Initiatives

Jesse Villalobos is the Senior Director of Place-Based Initiatives at the new Race Forward. The new Race Forward is the union of two leading racial justice non-profit organizations: Race Forward and Center for Social Inclusion (CSI). As Senior Strategist, Jesse works with the program team on strategy, communications, and technical assistance toward structural racial equity.

Informed and inspired by movements for social change, Jesse has worked for racial justice in partnership with numerous grassroots groups, community-based organizations, and colleges and universities. His former roles include leading regional policy and programmatic efforts at the National Conference for Community and Justice (NCCJ) and heading the university’s social justice initiatives at The New School. As a seasoned consultant, Jesse has provided strategic support among activists and organizers, artists, policy makers, youth and students, educators, and media leadership, working to advance movements for transformative social change.

Jesse holds a B.A. in Social Work and an M.A. in Media Studies & Communications.


October 28 @ 12:00 pm
October 29 @ 4:00 pm
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