Adapting and Reimagining Our Grantmaking

Wednesday, February 24, 2021 -
1:00pm to 2:30pm EST
Members: $0.00
Non-Members: $50.00
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What does it mean to stay adaptive amidst the confluence of a global health crisis, an economic crisis and racial injustice? How do grantmakers stay accountable to the communities we serve, particularly Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) communities who are and will be disproportionately impacted?

Join us for a virtual conversation where we will explore the opportunities we all have to adapt and reimagine our grantmaking to ensure greater alignment with our programs, policies and practices. Through storytelling from the CMF community and breakout conversations, we will acknowledge that as we adapt, we don’t have all the answers but getting started is better than getting it perfect.

During this conversation, we will explore the following questions:

  • What is our purpose, as a grantmaker, now and as we look to the future? 
  • How are we adapting our grantmaking to stay accountable to our community, particularly Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) communities who are and will be disproportionately impacted?
  • What practices do we want to continue and what practices no longer serve us, our grantee partners and our communities?
  • What is the story that our foundation wants to tell about this experience 5 years from now?

Speakers & Facilitators

Emily Wexler, Associate Director, Social Sector Accelerator
Emily is the associate director of the Social Sector Accelerator. She helps to lead the Accelerator’s engagement with clients, manage its field building activities and ensure that its activities are in line with strategy. Prior to joining the Accelerator, she served as a director on the program team at Grantmakers for Effective Organizations (GEO) where she helped craft the strategic vision for, designed and delivered GEO’s peer learning and other programming. Emily has a Master of Public Policy from Duke University’s Terry Sanford School of Public Policy where she focused on the use of communities and research to design effective social policies and programs. Before she received her MPP, Emily worked as a community organizer and policy analyst in Vermont. In this role, she worked on issues ranging from childhood hunger to access to affordable health care. Emily is an alumna of Princeton University’s Emerging Leaders Program and a former Compass Pro Bono project lead.


Melanca Clark, president and chief executive officer, Hudson-Webber Foundation





Elizabeth Jordan, Program Officer, Ruth Mott Foundation




Megan Murphy, Senior Program Officer, Michigan Health Endowment Fund





Raquel Robinson, Vice President of Programs, Ruth Mott Foundation





Diana Sieger, President, Grand Rapids Community Foundation






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This program is part of the Midwest Webinar Series, which is produced in partnership by Indiana Philanthropy Alliance, Council of Michigan Foundation, and Philanthropy Ohio. Members of CMF and POH should register with their respective association. UPCOMING WEBINARS  |  WEBINAR RECORDINGS

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