What does a “slash” have to do with racial equity?

When filling out demographic information on a registration form, have you ever stopped to consider the line that’s often labeled “Race/Ethnicity”? That slash may seem like a small thing, but at a recent focus group in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago, it is an obvious source of consternation and confusion. “There’s ambiguity around the definition…

Presenter Q&A with Darren Isom: the best learnings come from communities

Darren Isom, Bridgespan partner and former executive director of Memphis Music Initiative, wants philanthropic organizations to be intentional about equitable giving, and will lead a frank conversation about it during his Upswell workshop, “Enough Talk — How Foundations Can Live Their Racial Equity Strategy.” He also leads his life guided by an empowering message instilled…

Is your organization’s giving equitable?

Darren Isom, Bridgespan partner and former executive director of Memphis Music Initiative, says everyone may be talking about equity, but there’s a huge disconnect between how the philanthropic sector thinks about giving, and how organizations live equitable strategies internally. It’s time to talk about how that disconnect can compromise implementation and limit the equitable outcomes…

Presenter Q&A with Nicole Ozer: fewer sector siloes, more collaboration

Nicole A. Ozer is co-presenting the workshop, “A Digital Policy Roadmap for Civil Society.” She is Technology & Civil Liberties Director at the ACLU of California, but has been on sabbatical this year working with Stanford University on a research project investigating the challenges and opportunities for civil society to thrive in the digital age.…

Supporting movements, protecting communities in the digital age

Nicole A. Ozer, technology and civil liberties director at the ACLU of California, has spent her sabbatical working with Stanford University on a study of “digital civil society” and how funders and institutions can better support civil society organizations in addressing their core missions in the digital age. So what better place than an Upswell…

Presenter Q&A with Caroline Altman Smith: leadership should reflect who it serves

Caroline Altman Smith, deputy director of the Kresge Foundation’s education program, is co-presenting a Thursday workshop at Upswell Chicago alongside AchieveMission’s Mikaela Seligman and ProInspire’s Monisha Kapila—two providers from Kresge’s 2018 FUEL (Fostering Urban Equitable Leadership) program cohort. We caught up with Caroline to learn more about what motivates her. Q: If you were independently…