Actions and Detail Panel
Philanthropy + Social Innovation in the Age of #BlackLivesMatter
Mon, September 26, 2016, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM EDT
Awareness of the differing realities of Black and White Americans is at an all time high, but how do we move from awareness to action? While the pursuit of racial justice has garnered support from grassroots activists and foundations with multi-billion dollar endowments alike, African American entrepreneurs, business owners, and organizational leaders continue to face systemic racism in many forms, from the allocation of philanthropic and investment resources (or the lack thereof) to the contemporary influence of redlining in communities.
This panel of leading grantmakers, impact investors, and social entrepreneurs will discuss the hurdles to meaningful change, how their respective organizations are rising to the challenge, and the strategies they’re using to invest resources into racial equity and empowerment. Each participant will discuss their role in and commitment to transforming the institutions and ecosystems in which they operate.
Marcus Littles is an experienced social entrepreneur with expertise in racial justice, philanthropic engagement, social innovation and grassroots community change. As Founder and Senior Partner of Frontline Solutions, he has provided support services to numerous social change organizations, including philanthropic foundations, nonprofit advocacy groups, and social enterprises.
Erika Seth Davies is a VP for the Association of Black Foundation Executives (ABFE). She has led several projects, including SMART investing, a new initiative focused on increasing access for minority- and women-owned investment management firms to opportunities for foundation endowment management and Leverage the Trust, a campaign to identify and engage 100 Black foundation trustees in ABFE’s mission of promoting effective and responsive philanthropy in Black communities.
Laurin Hodge is the Executive Director of Mission: Launch, a social enterprise that envisions the elimination of the lasting harm caused by our criminal justice system. The organization takes a robust approach to inclusive entrepreneurship by leveraging technology and innovation to restore self-sufficiency and eliminate barriers so that Returning Citizens can rejoin society, live out their full potential, and contribute in meaningful ways.
Cheryl Dorsey is a pioneer in the social entrepreneurship movement, and the President of Echoing Green. As an early Echoing Green Fellow herself, she has been on both the giving and receiving end of impact investing. This, coupled with having served in two presidential administrations, enables Cheryl to bring a multi-faceted view of social entrepreneurship over the past two decades.