Accelerating Equity Learning Collaborative


A Groundbreaking New Experience from Philanthropy Southeast

The application period for the Accelerating Equity Learning Collaborative has closed.
The members of this year’s cohort will be announced soon!

Informational Webinar

Learn more about the Accelerating Equity Learning Collaborative by viewing the recording of our January 17 informational webinar and accompanying slide deck.


The Accelerating Equity Learning Collaborative is designed for courageous leaders who are ready to make the bold moves necessary to center equity within their organizations, spark sustainable work, and inspire people ­– including colleagues and external partners – to join them in building a vibrant and inclusive future.

After completing the Accelerating Equity Learning Collaborative, you will be able to:

  • Apply equity principles to the policies, practices, and investments of your organization.
  • Move from talk to actions that implement sustainable efforts to advance equity through philanthropy.
  • Help your grantees, grantmaking peers, and strategic partners focus on equity to build stronger, more vibrant communities in the South.
  • Hold yourself and your organization accountable by establishing benchmarks for success and tracking progress.
  • Join with other Accelerating Equity Alumni to lay the foundation of a new network dedicated to establishing Southern philanthropy as an inspiration for advancing equity in the United States.

Thank you to the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
for its support of the Accelerating Equity Learning Collaborative!

Calendar & Confirmed Partners

Check back for updates to our calendar and more partner announcements!

Robin Stacia, facilitator for the Accelerating Equity Learning Collaborative, is the Principal/Consultant of Sage Consulting Network, Inc. based in Atlanta. Robin's ultimate objective is to provide her clients with best practice tools and strategies that they can immediately use to improve organizational outcomes. She has partnered with Philanthropy Southeast on trustee development programming, the creation of our Equity Framework, and the work of our Equity Committee since its creation in 2019.


Why Equity?

An Introduction to the Accelerating Equity Learning Collaborative
Featuring: Nathaniel Smith (Partnership for Southern Equity)


Seizing the Moment

Leveraging Internal & External Strategies to Accelerate Equity
Featuring: Linetta Gilbert (Gilbert + Associates), Juan Serranno (Equity in the Center)


Let's Get Practical!

Focusing on Your Internal Policies and Practices
Featuring: Gita Gulati-Partee (OpenSource Leadership Strategies), Kristen Keely-Dinger (The Healing Trust)


Rethinking Philanthropy

Can Amplifying Community Voice and Power Help Us Accelerate Equity?
Featuring: Troy Hanna (Spartanburg County Foundation) and
Mary Thomas (Spartanburg County Foundation)

Hosted at the Robert Hett Chapman III Center for Philanthropy at the Spartanburg County Foundation


Summer Exploration

Self-Guided Learning and Network-Building


The Reframe

Equity, Philanthropy and Systems Change
Featuring: Ruby Bright (Women's Foundation for a Greater Memphis) and
Sutton Mora (Community Foundation of Greater Memphis)


As the South Goes

Courageous Leadership



Frequently Asked Questions

The Accelerating Equity Learning Collaborative is a nine-month learning experience that includes virtual programs and in-person convenings in multiple cities. It will combine faculty-led sessions, peer-to-peer work and personal self-discovery. Our inaugural offering will culminate in a capstone meeting at Philanthropy Southeast’s 2023 Annual Meeting in Montgomery, Alabama.

Staff and trustees from all types of philanthropic organizations in Philanthropy Southeast’s membership are eligible to apply. This includes people at a variety of roles and career levels who can directly influence their organization's ongoing equity work.

Applicants will need to demonstrate that they and their organization already possess a strong commitment to equity and inclusion and want to take their work to the next level. Applications will be reviewed and approved on a rolling basis until all spaces have been filled. We anticipate around 25 participants.

Like our Hull Fellows program, the Accelerating Equity Learning Collaborative is an intensive, months-long experience that includes several in-person and virtual events. To help cover the costs of offering this program, each accepted applicant, or their organization, will be asked to pay a $3,000 fee to cover expenses. Travel and hotel costs are not included in the program fee.


If you have questions about the Accelerating Equity Learning Collaborative, contact Tiffany Friesen, vice president of programs and partnerships, at

Philanthropy Southeast
100 Peachtree Street NW, Suite 2080
Atlanta, GA 30303

Visiting Philanthropy Southeast:
All staff are working remotely at this time but can still be reached via email and by calling (404) 524-0911.

Monday-Thursday from 9:00am–6:00pm (ET)
Friday from 9:00am–12:00pm (ET)

Phone: (404) 524-0911
Fax: (404) 523-5116

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.