To Advance Racial Equity, Foundation Boards Need to Take an Active Role
The events of 2020 inspired many words in these pages about the imperative of putting racial equity at the center of philanthropy. The opening days of 2021 have only reinforced the urgency of this message. Less explored, however, has been the necessity of ensuring that foundation boards are fully engaged as partners and leaders in transforming our institutions and how we do our work.
As we reflect on our own equity journey at the Barr Foundation, it is evident that our board’s active engagement has been of the utmost importance to our deepened commitment to racial equity. It has enabled us to engage in crucial (and often challenging) conversations and decisions. We share our lessons here in hopes they may be of service to others.
Source: The Chronicle of Philanthropy