Monday, August 10, 2009

Foundations and the Issue of Race

Americans are engaged in an important dialog about race in this country. As we examine the roles of government, individuals, laws and policies, it is timely to look at an important symposium from 2008 on the role of foundations. Hosted by Georgetown University's Public Policy Institute the event was titled "Taking Account of Race: A Philanthropic Imperative":
Philanthropy can be a major force in public policy and should address issues of race if social progress is to be achieved. What philanthropic strategies are likely to be most effective? What has worked, and what hasn't? What are the opportunities for creating systemic change? Gara LaMarche, President and CEO of Atlantic Philanthropies delivers the keynote address. Panelists include: Clarissa Martinez De Castro, Director, Immigration & National Campaigns, National Council of La Raza; Terri Lee Freeman, President, The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region; Bill Schambra, Director, Bradley Center for Philanthropy and Civic Renewal, Hudson Institute
For policies to achieve racial equity in child welfare.

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