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Foundations of Racial Equity Series

Tuesday, August 31, 2021 to Tuesday, December 14, 2021

Anti-Black racism and white supremacy are embedded in philanthropy and in our institutions, often invisible to the majority of us, even as we work with intention towards equity and justice. As change agents within philanthropy, we are stretching to become our best selves, rise to the moment, and progress toward racial equity.

In order to undo systems of oppression, we need to understand the foundations of systemic anti-Black racism and white supremacy in our country. We are all living in a culture that centers whiteness as the standard mode of operation, fallaciously claiming that proximity to whiteness, and away from Blackness, is the measure of humanity. Each of us can understand the role we have to play in our fight towards racial equity and justice by centering systemic anti-Black racism within an intersectional framework through which we understand the social, economic, historical, and cultural dimensions of human life.

We cannot shift systems or our organizations without understanding how we got here, nor without looking at ourselves, at our relationships, and at our organizations themselves. The guiding purpose of Philanthropy California’s Foundations of Racial Equity program series is to provide training for philanthropic practitioners to understand how anti-Black racism and white supremacy influence the field of philanthropy and our practices and to provide opportunities for action in your organizations based on what you learn here.


Target Audience

All are welcome here, advocates and aspirants alike; Foundations of Racial Equity is a space for guidance and fellowship on the path to racial justice. Wherever you are on your journey, we invite you to consider whether this entire series or individual sessions within it, will support you in making progress on your anti-racism journey.
We acknowledge and recognize that Philanthropy California members exist on a spectrum. Some are already well along in their racial equity journey, and others are just beginning. In this training series, we’ll provide participants with opportunities to explore the foundations of racial equity, and the ways systemic anti-Black racism most commonly plays out in philanthropy. You should join this series if:

  • You are beginning your learning journey with your awareness of the impacts of systemic anti-Black racism and white supremacy in institutional philanthropy.
  • You want to bolster your anti-racism efforts with content that gives you a foundational and holistic understanding of how racism shows up in philanthropy, and how to make progress towards racial equity in your institution.
  • Your foundation does not squarely see racial equity as your target work but understands its importance.
  • You want to act on racial equity and don’t know where to start.

Please note that all functional areas within organizations are welcome, including trustees.


Cost to Participate

Members: $100 per session or $500 for the full series
Nonmembers: $150 per session or $750 for the full series



Session 1 will be the foundation for all other sessions in this series. It will contextualize us within history and language, giving all participants the foundations needed to explore the subsequent sessions. We strongly encourage you to participate in session one if you are planning to attend any of the other sessions.
Session 1: The Cultural, Historical, & Political Foundations of Racism
Module A: June 10, 9:30 am - 12:00 noon
Module B: June 22, 9:30 am - 12:00 noon
Session 2: Racism and the Economy: Understanding Racial Capitalism
Module A: Thursday, July 15 | 9:30 am - 12:00 pm PT 
Module B: Thursday, July 22 | 9:30 am - 12:00 pm PT 

Session 3: Healing Justice: An Integral Approach to Advancing Racial Justice
Module A: August 31 | 9:30 - 12:00 noon
Module B: September 21 | 9:30 - 12:00 noon
Session 4: Advancing Equity through Organizational Culture and Operations
Module A: October 13 | 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Module B: October 20 | 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Session 5: Grantmaking with Racial Equity Lens
Module A: November 9 | 9:30 am - 12:00 noon
Module B: November 16 | 9:30 am - 12:00 noon

Session 6: Awake to Woke to Work: A Framework for Racial Equity in Your Organization
Module A: December 7 | 9:30am - 12noon
Module B: December 14 | 9:30am - 12noon


Please click on the Sessions tab to learn more.





evolving Conversation Series: Redefining Self-Care with Jor-El Caraballo and Omar Brownson

Monday, June 21, 2021
10:15am - 11:15am

Over the past year, many of us have hit a “pandemic wall” characterized by Zoom fatigue, a lack of motivation, and burnout. Unfortunately, these strains to our physical and mental health are likely to persist even as we resume our lives after the pandemic. To build our personal resilience, we will have to reckon with emotional stressors, break unhelpful cycles, and create space to prioritize our wellness. 

SCG is proud to present our evolving Conversation Series, where progress-centered conversations meet tomorrow’s leaders. To kick off our series, we are excited to partner with Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy (EPIP-LA), to host therapist and mental wellness advocate Jor-El Caraballo, LMHC & Co-founder of Viva Wellness, and Omar Brownson, Co-founder & CEO of gthx. Together, Omar and Jor-El will recount their journeys as mental health advocates, unpack the oversaturated concept of self-care, discuss personal and professional boundaries, and explore how we can incorporate wellness into our daily lives. 

The evolving Conversation Series is part of evolve, SCG's suite of programming championing transformational leadership.



Omar Brownson

Co-Founder and CEO, gthx

Omar makes good visible. He is a catalyst, entrepreneur, speaker and leader. He is the co-founder and CEO of gthx (as in "give thanks") which launched a top-rated gratitude app and now co-hosts Gratitude Circles for leaders across sectors.

Previously, Omar was the founding executive director of RiverLA and has held leadership positions across finance, green infrastructure, sustainability, and social impact. Wherever he is, however, Omar makes sure to take a beat to notice good and to share joy.

Omar was trained in both Circles of Trust by Leading from Within and Healing Circles by Commonweal. He received his master’s in design and public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School and Graduate School of Design. He was a Stanton Fellow, Coro Fellow and selected Graduate of the Year by Southern California Leadership Network. He serves on the boards of InsightLA and Kiss the Ground.

To learn more about gthx, please click here.



Jor-El Caraballo, LMHC

Co-Founder of Viva Wellness

Jor-El Caraballo is a southern bred, NYC made mental health professional who brings a comfortable approach to his work with clients. He spent his undergraduate years at the University of North Carolina Wilmington where he studied psychology. After college, he traveled across the United States delivering sexual assault prevention education programs to colleges and military bases to help empower men to prevent sexual assault and be effective bystanders. He then attended Columbia University where he received a master’s degrees (M.A., Ed.M) in Psychological Counseling.

Jor-El believes that true wellness is about taking care of the person as a whole. He has experience working with clients on racial/cultural issues, LGBTQ+ concerns, and mindfulness. When he’s not meeting with clients, you’ll probably find him on the hunt for his next spicy meal, strolling through the city with his pup, Nomi, and visiting the movies for stress relief.

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No cost to participate

Who May Attend
Current SCG, NCG, Catalyst, and EPIP members

SCG members: Register online (you must log in to your SCG account to register).
NCG, Catalyst, and EPIP members: Please contact [email protected] to register.
Non-members: Register online. If you do not have an SCG account, contact us.
If you have additional questions regarding these sessions, please contact us at [email protected]

Accommodations for People with Disabilities
If you have a disability and require accommodation in order to fully participate in this activity, please contact our programs team at [email protected] or (213) 680-8866. You will be contacted by someone from our staff to discuss your specific needs.

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Friday Morning Refresh: Session 8

Friday, June 18, 2021
9:30am - 10:00am

Current conditions continue to place enormous demands on us. Still, we have cause for hope: bold new leadership in many places, budgetary step stones toward a just recovery, and a rising tide of action to disrupt systemic racism. Now, as always, we are each asked to bring clarity, generosity, and courage to our efforts to heal, reimagine, and rebuild toward large-scale change. We are invited to make space, in the midst of urgency, to notice more, re-vision priorities, reconnect with ourselves and each other.

Maintaining good physical and mental-emotional health is essential for the work at hand. Join colleagues for a collective pause to steady ourselves – a brief period for meditation, gentle mindful movement, and quiet reflection in community. Beginners welcome! 

This online weekly gathering provides space to settle our bodies and hearts and re-center our minds so that we approach the big opportunities and challenges before us with love and fortitude. Research indicates that routine engagement in contemplative practices fosters self-awareness, self-regulation, improved focus, perspective taking, and greater capacity to respond skillfully in our relationships. Additionally, meditation reduces the harmful health effects of chronic stress, settles the nervous system, and promotes greater calm, creativity and compassion. Join your colleagues across California each week for a potent 30-minute mental-emotional refresh.



Caitlin Brune

Senior Fellow, Northern California Grantmakers

Caitlin Brune is a philanthropic and nonprofit consultant with 25 years of nonprofit experience, including more than a decade of grantmaking experience in roles spanning finance, development, program planning and oversight, and executive management. Most recently, Ms. Brune served as CEO of the Pajaro Valley Community Health Trust, a 20 year-old nonprofit health foundation serving Pajaro Valley residents. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Georgetown University and a Master of Public Health degree from University of California-Berkeley. An experiential learner with lifelong curiosity about the drivers of well-being for individuals and communities, Ms. Brune has previously trained and certified as a yoga teacher, massage therapist, meditation instructor and beginning organic farmer. She volunteers as a meditation instructor at Soledad Correctional Training Facility and serves on the boards of the Santa Cruz County Integrated Health Center Commission, Santa Cruz Community Ventures, and Farm Discovery.

Salina Mae

Mindfulness Coach 

Salina Mae (she/her/hers), is a Bay Area born and raised community leader with over 20 years experience serving California schools both as a K-12 classroom teacher and as a mindfulness coach and consultant.   She specializes in building creative, inspired, and socially awake trainings and curricula that lead to action in the areas of mindfulness, social justice, and systems change. Salina is a certified yoga teacher, a dedicated mentor and advocate for LGBTQI+ youth and is currently a consultant with The Teaching Well in Oakland, Ca. Salina Mae brings her whimsy, imagination, and passion for collective liberation to create ritual and rites of passage that support communities in transforming themselves from the inside out.

Presented in partnership with:



No cost to participate

Who May Attend
Current SCG, NCG, and SDG members and eligible non-members

SCG members: Register online
NCG & SDG members: Register online
Non-members: Register online. If you do not have an SCG account, contact us.
If you have additional questions regarding these sessions, please contact us at [email protected]

Accommodations for People with Disabilities
If you have a disability and require accommodation in order to fully participate in this activity, please contact our programs team at [email protected] or (213) 680-8866. You will be contacted by someone from our staff to discuss your specific needs.

Funding Issue Area & Geographic Regions
Event type