The murder of George Floyd in May 2020, opened floodgates to address systemic racism in all aspects of life and culture. Many funders and corporations responded in a variety of ways, and at different levels of depth. For example, some issued racial equity commitments and pledges, formed listening sessions to address the impact, provided antiracism training for their staff, and/or created effective strategies with accountability measures.
As the anniversary of the George Floyd murder approaches, we will look at the ways in which we need to continue this work in our funding institutions. Our guest speakers will be Icela Pelayo and Andrew Brower, Program Officers from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. They will share Kellogg's journey of transformative work to practice and promote racial equity and racial healing internally in their organizational culture and in accomplishing their vision “…in which all children thrive.”
We, as IEFA, also need to grapple with our role in this work. Our mission speaks of advancing equity – what does this mean and look like for us?
About the Inland Empire Funders Alliance
The Inland Empire Funders Alliance is a network of organizations with significant grantmaking activities in Riverside and San Bernardino Counties that have joined together to increase communication, coordination, and collaboration. IEFA’s mission is to advance equity, advocacy, and systemic change by uplifting the region’s assets and opportunities, and by leveraging resources for impact. In joining IEFA, grantmakers are welcome to participate in convenings and action teams to learn more about the Inland Empire, connect with peers, and take action to amplify impact.