Every 4th Tuesday of the month, different members of our EPIP St. Louis community will lead monthly discussion on a particular topic or article. Grab a friend, bring your lunch and come prepared to meet new people and discuss ways to move the sector forward. EPIP St. Louis will provide snacks and deserts.
Organizational Culture, Climate, and Racial Equity Efforts
Tuesday March 26th, 12:00 - 1:00 pm @ St. Louis MHB
When organizations decide to commit to racial equity, it often sets in motion a stream of activities related to defining the organization's values and a general attentiveness to the ways in which race, power, and privilege affect those our organization reaches. But striving to do business in such a way that race does not determine outcomes is a significant undertaking that requires an internal cultural shift, leading through change, and an evaluation of board, staff, and program policies - from top to bottom.
This month we are joined by Jennifer Drake Fantroy, Consultant at The Rome Group, who will lead a conversation to examine how leaders in the philanthropic and nonprofit sectors can proactively shape an organization's culture to prioritize equity, anticipate changes in staff and volunteer climate, and use principles of change management to successfully handle this critical shift in operations.
About the Facilitator:
Jennifer has spent her career working on social change at the local, state, and national levels. She spent nearly seven years at The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy in Washington, DC, where she held many positions focused on programs and policy. Most recently, Jennifer was the Assistant Director at the Sue Shear Institute for Women in Public Life at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, directing the leadership development programs for college students across the state.
Jennifer started her career at Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region, where she coordinated annual giving and helped launch the affiliate’s first ever online giving effort.
Jennifer’s focus includes planning, operational performance, and research and writing. She is on the board of the Teen Pregnancy and Prevention Partnership, where she is the advocacy committee’s co-chair. Jennifer has a Master of Social Work from the Brown School at Washington University and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree at Truman State University.
Power Moves: A Discussion with NCRP
12:00 - 2:00pm at Bloom Cafe
Efforts in support of equity and justice cannot be successful without taking power into account. Power Moves , created by the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP),is a comprehensive toolkit that helps grantmakers explore how they are building, sharing and wielding power. Join us, Caitlin Duffy and Lisa Ranghelli of NCRP for a discussion on the purpose and benefits of the tool, how other foundations are using it, and how NCRP and the Power Moves framework may support you and your foundation in your efforts to understand and build power.
More about Power Moves
Power Moves helps grantmakers to assess themselves by asking themselves the following questions:
- How effective are we at building power? Are we supporting systemic change by funding civic engagement, advocacy ad community organizing among marginalized communities?
- To what extent are we sharing power? Are we nurturing transparent, trusting relationships and co-creating strategies with stakeholders?
- How is our foundation wielding power? Are we exercising public leadership beyond grantmaking to create equitable, catalytic change?
Space is limited to 25 people.
Lunch is available for purchase & EPIP St. Louis will provide dessert!