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Moving Towards Social Justice Philanthropy: One Family Foundation's Journey, Challenges and Lessons

Date:
June 30th, 2020
Time:
2:00PM to 3:30PM
Location:
Your computer
Audience:
Grantmaker, Philanthropic Advisor
Event type:
Best practices
Base fee:
$0

The Social Innovation Forum (SIF) and Philanthropy Massachusetts invite you to join us for a virtual event on Tuesday, June 30th to engage in an honest and intimate dialogue about the Surdna Foundation's journey towards social justice philanthropy. Please note this session is intended for foundation staff, donors, trustees, and advisors. 

Five generations after being established, the Surdna Foundation has been intentional about honoring founding vision and legacy, while remaining relevant to current needs and issues in society. In 2009, the family trustees took a bold step in naming social justice in its mission statement and have continued to evolve by explicitly centering racial equity in the Foundation’s current strategy. The result has been an ongoing transformation in the operations, governance, and culture of the institution; a refinement of next-gen philanthropy programs that now explore power, privilege, and equity; and a public controversy within the family around donor intent.

In a candid look at multi-generational family philanthropy, you’ll hear directly from two family members from the 5th and 6th generations of the Andrus family about the lessons and challenges in honoring legacy while embracing a commitment to social justice. Kelly Nowlin, 5th generation Surdna Board member, and Sam Downes, 6th generation family member and participant in Surdna’s next-gen programs, will share their personal and collective stories to engage the audience in an interactive session to explore common challenges, concerns and reasons for making progress towards justice and equity.

This event has an external registration process.  Please register here.

Registration type: 
External registration

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