ICYMI: Equitable Opportunities for Effective Philanthropy

As Philanthropy New York has been solidifying its commitment to centering racial equity, our programming and networks have evolved as well. One of YLBC’s intentions now reads, 'building a more networked philanthropic sector dedicated to equitable, inclusive, collaborative and innovative philanthropy,'" said Donita Volkwijn, Senior Director, Member Engagement, Philanthropy New York.

"Not everyone is as lucky to have the kind of boss that operated in the values stated above. Goodness, I haven’t always been that lucky and the unlucky moments have come about largely because of how I identify. At this point, most people (at least the ones reading this piece) recognize how racism can cut people off from opportunity. What is harder to recognize is how racism denies members of the BIPOC community the opportunity to learn and grow."

"How did YLBC (Young Leaders Breakfast Club) come about and how has it evolved?" said Volkwijn. "In 2010, Philanthropy New York identified a gap in opportunities for members in their twenties and thirties to expand their professional and leadership capacity, build a strong peer network in the field, and navigate how they contribute to mission-driven work as younger professionals. YLBC was developed with the understanding that philanthropy is more effective when the field creates equitable opportunities for leadership and an inclusive space for relationship building, collaboration, and problem-solving."

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