The racial wealth gap refers to the gap in assets between white families and families of color. On average white families have about ten times the wealth of Black families. This symposium’s opening panel will share the history of racism and barriers to asset-building. We will also discuss the history of black philanthropy in the United States and the changing demographics of Indiana’s populations. Attendees will explore how philanthropy can work to address persistent economic inequality through welcoming communities and deploying capital to crucial areas including education and economic advancement.