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GIA Statement on George Floyd and Structural Racism
Last week, we at Grantmakers in the Arts put out a statement expressing our grief at the murder of George Floyd and so many other Black people who have died in similarly unjust circumstances of police violence or at the hands of white supremacy. To our community, our peers, our field – we will keep talking it – Black Lives Matter. Read our statement.
June’s Member Spotlight
For the month of June, GIA’s Member Spotlight features the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture. In alignment with the City of Seattle’s Race and Social Justice Initiative, the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture works to eliminate institutional racism in their programs, policies and practices. Read about the office’s work.
GIA’s Coronavirus Response: Discussing our podcast with United Philanthropy Forum
In United Philanthropy Forum’s May 14 Communications Peer Community call, Sherylynn Sealy, GIA program manager, shared insights about GIA’s work and the recent podcast series Coronavirus Response: Setting the frame. The peer community call recording is for United Philanthropy Forum members only. To access the members-only link, click here.
“Coronavirus Response: Building a Future that Reimagines Systems for Justice”: Our upcoming webinar
While we still do not know the full scale of the impact the coronavirus pandemic will have on our communities, our grantees, our artists and educators, we know recovery requires reimagining systems that center collectivity and racial equity.

Join us on Tuesday, June 16, at 2p ET/11am PT for a 90-minute webinar featuring Randy Engstrom (Seattle Office of Arts & Culture), Sharnita C. Johnson (The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation), Dana Kawaoka-Chen (Justice Funders), and Justin Laing (Hillombo, LLC). These funders and PSO leaders will talk about what is necessary to reimagine systems, power, and practice in response to this pandemic and the ongoing crisis of racial inequality.

Details and registration here.
Seattle Office of Arts & Culture
News from the Field
Nonprofit Collaboration as an Important Social Change Tool
“Nonprofit collaboration has become an increasingly important social change tool—one that is needed now more than ever to address the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic and recession. But working with other organizations—whether in a loose affiliate network or movement, or in a more structured partnership or merger—requires a commensurate growth in collaboration capacity”…
New Hub for Women of Color in Giving
Yolanda F. Johnson, the first African-American to serve as president of Women in Development, an organization that works to empower and support New York-area women in the development field, is launching Women of Color in Fundraising and Philanthropy to support her POC colleagues, according to Philanthropy Women…
Philanthropy Needs to Fund Creative Catalytic Change
“Philanthropy doesn’t stand still. Pressing issues and seismic political, economic, and technological shifts move us to regularly revisit and renew how we work”…

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