WDN Kicks Off Racial Justice Workshop Series

WDN supports our members in becoming increasingly strong allies across race and class. We’re glad to be partnering on this series with an organization that can so skillfully facilitate a conversation with donors about these important issues, bringing us together to learn helpful models, share stories, and think about practical ways to incorporate learnings into our grantmaking, investing, advocacy, and daily lives.

— Rebecca Flournoy, Senior Director of Programs

Last week we launched the first of our Allies for Racial Justice regional meeting series in Seattle, Washington. Nine members and prospective members were in attendance to explore what it means to be an ally participating in the progressive movement, particularly across race and class. This is a space for women to develop practical solutions to help WDN in our ongoing work and daily lives.

We believe the program could not be more timely and relevant in the wake of Staten Island, Ferguson, and other events that have brought national attention to the need for racial justice. The series will allow our membership community to engage in powerful dialogue surrounding racial justice work, strategizing together about how to address these critical issues as progressive women donors. Building on WDN’s commitment to supporting racial justice work, this meeting series is also focused on deepening the connections in our network and becoming strong allies.

Class ActionFor this series, we have partnered with former WDN member Jenny Ladd’s organization, Class Action, to facilitate the sessions. Class Action, founded in 2004, aims to create a safe space and inspire action in addressing issues of race and class. They have provided trainings, workshops, and public education to a wide range of organizations over the last ten years.

We look forward to seeing you there to explore these important issues as a community.

By Melissa Serrano

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