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Tuesday • December 8 • 1:00pm EDT
“Today knowledge has power. It controls access to opportunity and advancement” -- Peter F. Drucker
External changes to grantmaking approaches may not be enough for foundations seeking to embrace diversity, equity and inclusion. Learn how effective knowledge management can help donors advance equity and inclusion goals internally, which will enhance overall effectiveness and impact for donors involved in social justice and related initiatives.
The concept of equity, a core value for many foundations, has taken on new meaning and prominence in light of COVID-19 and the racial reckoning of 2020. Some progress has been made in shining a light on inequitable funding practices and power imbalances in the philanthropic sector, but the focus has remained primarily on external stakeholders.
While this development has moved the sector closer to where it needs to be, many philanthropic organizations have not yet fully grasped the need for an even more direct intervention: addressing internal equity challenges.
Knowledge Management, an intentional strategy of getting the right knowledge to the right people at the right time to improve organizational performance, can offer a compelling path to address those challenges. Mapping how and through whom knowledge flows within an organization can reveal potential inequities, repression, exclusion and lack of opportunity, allowing for the creation of targeted, sustainable solutions.
Join Mae Hong and Donita Volkwijn of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors for this discussion on the intricate links between racial inequity and organizational knowledge flows. Attendees will gain an understanding of what knowledge management is, why effective Knowledge Management is a racial equity imperative, and how to leverage Knowledge Management tools in equity, diversity, and inclusion strategy to enhance effectiveness.
Donita joined Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors in May 2012, and leads Knowledge Management transformation efforts, with the aim of improving, enriching, and advancing the philanthropic sector. Based in New York, she helps internal and external clients develop and implement effective strategies to achieve their philanthropic goals. A board member at the Loveland Foundation, Donita is currently designing a strategy that explores the relationship between Knowledge Management (KM) and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI), having found that centering the three pillars of KM (people, process and technology) can serve as an excellent entry point to DEI, while a thoughtful DEI policy can lead to better KM practices.
Mae opened the Chicago office of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors in 2009 and is responsible for serving individual donors, families, foundations, and corporations throughout the Midwest. In addition to providing high-touch, custom services to help clients manage their charitable giving, develop effective strategies, and discover joy in their philanthropic journey, she is also a frequent speaker and writer about issues, trends, and ideas in philanthropy. With a deep knowledge of major giving trends, Mae advises clients on best practices to create innovative funding programs or initiatives. With nearly 20 years of nonprofit and philanthropy experience, she previously served as Program Director at the Field Foundation of Illinois.