Racial Equity Institute’s “Groundwater” Session to be Held April 28

Affiliate foundation board members who missed the opportunity to attend the Racial Equity Institute’s Groundwater webinar in the fall will have another opportunity to attend.

The three-hour virtual session is open to all affiliate board members who did not participate in 2021. It will be held at 9 a.m. on April 28. You will soon receive an email with details about how to register, but we hope you will download this calendar invite to save the time and date.

REI is nationally recognized and highly sought-after for their work with organizations in advancing equity, and NCCF is providing this seminar at no cost to you as part of our commitment to advancing equity, diversity and inclusion in our work.

As leaders in philanthropy and in our communities, NCCF encourages affiliate board members to participate in preparation for our next steps to address equity and inclusion together.

Representatives from over 50% of NCCF affiliates participated in the fall. Affiliate board members who participated found it was relevant to their work serving on their local affiliate foundation boards.

“The information presented made an even stronger case for the fact that racial discrimination unfortunately manifests itself throughout our society,” said Tyler Harris, a board member of the Craven County Community Foundation.

REI organizers use stories and data to present a perspective that racism is fundamentally structural in nature. In other words, racial equity is a “groundwater” problem, and “groundwater” solutions are needed to unlock transformative change.

“Prior to the webinar I thought I was aware of most of the issues involving racial inequality,” said Betsy Whittington, a board member of the Johnston County Community Foundation. “There was so much I learned.”