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Racial Equity Resource Hub

Philanthropy Southeast is committed to helping its members build a region where all people can participate and prosper. Anti-Black racism, in particular, must be addressed and overcome if we are to realize our goal of an equitable South. The resources on this page can help foundations as they work to end racism in their own communities.

Scroll down for access to Philanthropy Southeast webinars related to racial equity, blog posts and more!


  • Equity Framework
  • Member Actions
  • Books & Media
  • Tools & Resources
  • Virtual Opportunities

Equity Framework

The Journey to Our Full Potential

For more than 50 years, Philanthropy Southeast members have powered incredible change in communities throughout the Southeastern region and the U.S. Virgin Islands, improving the lives of countless people.

While this work deserves to be celebrated, we cannot be content with where things stand in our region and in the communities our members serve. Philanthropy Southeast's own research, and that of many others, has revealed the Southeast still suffers from distressing disparities in health, food security, income, education, lifespan, economic stability and other indicators of well-being. The reason for this is clear: Systemic inequity still exists in our region and presents a significant obstacle to philanthropy making a real, lasting impact.

This reality, along with a clear, stated desire from Philanthropy Southeast members for support in addressing the root causes of our challenges, prompted the creation of this Equity Framework. Going forward, Philanthropy Southeast will integrate this framework into our existing programs, benefits and services. It will serve as the foundation for our work going forward and has been designed so that our members can help guide its implementation and evolution while also deciding how it can best support their own organizations and leadership.


The Journey to Our Full Potential

Learn more about Philanthropy Southeast’s commitment to equity in the Southeast

View our Equity Framework summary

Our Vision & Our Work Toward Equity

Philanthropy Southeast seeks to inspire and strengthen learning, leadership and actions within Southern philanthropy dedicated to the advancement of equity in our field and region. This Equity Framework is a pivotal part of the journey to our full potential.

We define equity as the full inclusion of all people into a society in which everyone can participate and prosper. In an equitable society, everyone, regardless of the circumstances of birth or upbringing, is treated justly and fairly by its institutions and systems. To promote equity in the South and elsewhere, philanthropy must first acknowledge the historical roots of inequity, particularly caused by racism, and the present-day systems that perpetuate it. It must then use its resources to spark transformation that allows all people to reach their full potential, unhindered by hatred, bigotry, exclusion or discrimination.

Our Work Going Forward: Philanthropy Southeast will deliver the Equity Framework to our members in a number of ways – some shaping our existing work, practices and operations, and others through new offerings that help Southern foundations understand and apply their commitment to equity.

Watch the introduction of the Equity Framework at our 50th Annual Meeting, featuring 2018-19 Board Chair Gilbert Miller, 2020-21 Board Chair Regan Gruber Moffitt and President & CEO Janine Lee

Looking Within
Organizational Commitments

Looking Ahead
Equity Programming

We invite Philanthropy Southeast's membership to help us guide the future of the Equity Framework and shape how it can best support their organizations.



Member Actions

Many Philanthropy Southeast members have taken steps to acknowledge the role systemic racism plays in preventing people of color, especially Black people, from achieving prosperity. The words and actions of our members are linked here to provide guidance and inspiration to all of Southern philanthropy as we continue to combat racism.

You can also read Philanthropy Southeast's June 2020 statement on racial injustice, A Call to Action for Southern Philanthropy, which calls on foundations to "leverage their reputational capital and convening power to bring people together, bridge divides and ensure this dialogue not only continues, but also results in transformative changes."

Contact us to add your organization’s statement/actions.

Arkansas Access to Justice: Statement on Racial Bias in the Justice System
Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation:
Social Equity | Educational Equity | Economic Equity

The Children’s Trust: Statement on Equality and Social Justice
Community Foundation of Sarasota County:
Standing in Solidarity, Leading with Empathy
Community Foundation of Tampa Bay:
A Message from Marlene Spalten, President & CEO
Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg:
Pinellas Race Equity. Now!

Community Foundation of Louisville: Standing Together
Blue Grass Community Foundation:
Equity Fund
Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky:
Statement on Racism and Health Inequities
The Greater Clark Foundation:
Focus on Equity

Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation: Choosing the path forward
Louisiana Bar Foundation:
Louisiana Bar Foundation Statement on Social Justice

Community Foundation for Mississippi: Statement On Race And Equality

Benwood Foundation: Benwood's Statement on Racial Justice
Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee: Black Lives Matter | Give Black, Give Back
The Dan & Margaret Maddox Fund: Commitment to Equity | 2020 Anti-Racist Series
East Tennessee Foundation: Hope In Action
The Healing Trust: More Than a Moment: Our Commitment to Change
Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis:
Humanity - The Burden Is Ours to Bear

Charlottesville Area Community Foundation: Statement on the Murder of Black People | Our Equity Journey
Community Foundation for a greater Richmond: Standing Together
Hampton Roads Community Foundation: Vision, Mission and Values
Obici Healthcare Foundation: We Commit to Advancing Racial Equity
Richmond Memorial Health Foundation: In This Moment- A Note from RMHF’s Board Chair and CEO
Williamsburg Health Foundation:
A Historic Call to Health Equity


Books and Media

Philanthropy Southeast Lending Library Selections

The Philanthropy Southeast Lending Library provides members with access to some of the most popular and acclaimed books on racial equity. Current titles available include:

Just Mercy
by Bryan Stevenson
Slavery by Another Name
by Douglas A. Blackmon
Between the World and Me
by Ta-Nehisi Coates
White Fragility
by Robin DiAngelo
The Color of Law
by Richard Rothstein
How to Be an Antiracist
by Ibram X. Kendi
The New Jim Crow
by Michelle Alexander
Waking Up White
by Jenny Irving

Visit the Philanthropy Southeast Lending Library on Overdrive now – or click here to learn more!

The Bridge – Philanthropy Southeast's Podcast

Hosted by President & CEO Janine Lee, The Bridge shares stories of the ways foundations are bringing together people in their communities to spark dialogue and lasting change. This offering is one of the first initiatives to come as a result of our Equity Framework. Each episode of The Bridge will focus on a particular program or initiative Philanthropy Southeast members are leading in their communities.

You can listen to recent episodes of The Bridge below – all episodes are also available on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify or wherever you listen to podcasts!

 If you enjoy the conversations on The Bridge, you may also be interested in other podcasts, including:

The Will to Change
Code Switch
Who Belongs?
On Being
Hidden Brain
Intersectionality Matters!
The Color Line Murders
The Fall Line
The Diversity Gap
Choose Inclusion
Jemele Hill is Unbothered
Seeing White


In recent years, several powerful feature films and documentaries have been released exploring racism and its impact on society. These films may be available on a number of streaming services for rental or purchase.

Slavery by Another Name
Segregated by Design
Just Mercy
Race: The Power of an Illusion
Unnatural Causes
Mirrors of Privilege: Making Whiteness Visible
Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequity


Tools & Resources

The following list provides a variety of readings and outside groups to help you learn more about issues of racial equity and embed them within your own work and your organization.

Due to the complex intersections between racism and other forms of inequity, we have also included resources and organizations relating to other marginalized or disadvantaged groups. This list will be revised and refreshed as new opportunities become available!


A number of consultants work with foundations to help them address diversity, equity and inclusion. We’ve partnered with the National Network of Consultants to Grantmakers to give Philanthropy Southeast members access to their directory – you can access it here! To find consultants with a focus in this area, select "Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion" under Professional Expertise in the directory’s search form.


Putting Racism on the Table | Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers
Building Racial Equity | Race Forward
Undoing Racism | People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond (PISAB)
White People Confronting Racism | Training for Change
Groundwater | Racial Equity Institute
Leadership for Diversity Institute | National Coalition Building Institute
Implicit Bias Module Series | Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity
Transforming White Privilege: A 21st Century Leadership Capacity | MP Associates
Power Moves | National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy

Philanthropy-Supporting Organizations

The Communications Network DEI Project
Change Philanthropy
D5 Coalition
Change Philanthropy
Philanthropic Initiative for Racial Equity
Association of Black Foundation Executives (ABFE)
Funders for LGBTQ Issues
Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (AAPIP)
Hispanics in Philanthropy
Native Americans in Philanthropy
Women's Funding Network
Neighborhood Funders Group
National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy
Grantmakers for Southern Progress

Other Organizations Advancing Equity

Partnership for Southern Equity
Race Forward
Equity In the Center
Stanford Center on Poverty & Inequality
Urban Institute
Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity
Othering & Belonging Institute
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
The African American Policy Forum


Philanthropy Southeast collects and curates a growing, searchable library of research reports released by foundations and fellow philanthropic supporting organizations across the country. Click on one of the selected reports below or visit our Resource Library for our full collection of reports on equity in philanthropy.

Racial Equity Index
Grantmaking with a Racial Justice Lens: A Practical Guide
Philanthropic Initiative for Racial Equity
Awake to Woke to Work: Building a Race Equity Culture
Equity in the Center
The Business Case for Racial Equity: A Strategy for Growth
W.K. Kellogg Foundation
From Words to Action: A Practical Philanthropic Guide to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
What Would It Take to Overcome the Damaging Effects of Structural Racism and Ensure a More Equitable Future?
Urban Institute
Race and Racism: Doing Good Better
The Communications Network

Other Resources

The 1619 Project
Charleston Syllabus
Equity Journey Assessment | Change Philanthropy
Race Matters Toolkit
Racial Equity Institute - Bibliography
Racial Equity Tools
Talking About Race | National Museum of African American History and Culture


Virtual Opportunities

Please check back for upcoming opportunities


Breaking Through Barriers | December 2018

Being the Change | May 2019

Operational Exceptions that Meet Emergent Needs | April 2020

CDFI 101: Strategies for Catalytic Impact Across the SE | July 2020

CEO Leadership Exchange | August 2020

Racism Has a Cost for Everyone - SECF’s Funder Town Hall on Racial Equity | October 13, 2020

Philanthropy Southeast members can login to access other equity-related programming hosted on our Program Archive!



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Equity Committee Roster

Robert Dortch (Chair) | Ujima Legacy Fund
Madelyn Adams | Kaiser Permanente
Pete Bird | The Frist Foundation 

Kweku Forstall | The Annie E. Casey Foundation 
Kaki Friskics-Warren | The Dan and Margaret Maddox Fund
Laura Gerald | Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust
Jerry Gonzalez | Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation
Darrin Goss | Coastal Community Foundation
Mo Green | Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation
Eric M. Kelly | Quantum Foundation
Gilbert Miller | Bradley-Turner Foundation, Inc.
Regan Gruber Moffitt | Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation
Barbara Roole | Jessie Ball duPont Fund
Mason Rummel | James Graham Brown Foundation
Mike Sweeney | Healthcare Georgia Foundation

Janine Lee
(Staff) | Philanthropy Southeast

Connecting with Philanthropy Southeast:
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Mission: Philanthropy Southeast strengthens Southern philanthropy, welcoming our members to listen, learn and collaborate on ideas and actions to help build an equitable, prosperous South.