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a 2018 partnership between:

The term "racism" is powerful.

It evokes images of the past, a time of black and white newsreels and overt, often violent, acts. The racism of today is subtle, often historically embedded in our institutions and sometimes presenting in biases of which we are unaware. In 2016, the Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers launched Putting Racism on the Table, a learning and action series for philanthropy. In 2018, we partnered with Leadership Greater Washington to grow the regional, cross-sector network of philanthropic, nonprofit, and civic leaders who understand racism and are committed to working for racial justice. Together, we are Expanding the Table for Racial Equity.

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The original SERIES


Our impact

The 2016 Putting Racism on the Table learning series has undergone two independent assessments:

Click here to read a 2018 report on the impact that the series has had over the last two years, by Edward Weizenneger of Georgetown University.


Click here to read the 2016 report by Benjamin Soskis, formerly of the Center for Nonprofit Management, Philanthropy & Policy at George Mason University, and now research associate in the Center on Nonprofits & Philanthropy at the Urban Institute.

Pernicious Compromise

Darkness in Emerald City

structural racism THEATER


WRAG's Putting Racism on the Table work over time has been supported by:

Diane & Norman Bernstein Foundation
Consumer Health Foundation
Ellsworth-Turner Fund
Ford Foundation

Greater Washington Community Foundation
Corina Higginson Trust

Hill-Snowdon Foundation
Horning Family Fund
Leadership Greater Washington
Eugene & Agnes E. Meyer Foundation

Public Welfare Foundation
Northern Virginia Health Foundation
United Philanthropy Forum

United Way of the National Capital Area
Venture Philanthropy Partners

Washington Area Women's Foundation
Weissberg Foundation

Wells Fargo
A Wider Circle

April 10, 2018
Implicit Bias: A Training to Break the Prejudice Habit
Drs. Patricia Devine & Will Cox, Department of Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Click to watch the video.

May 11, 2018
The Role of Government in Advancing Racial Equity
Julie Nelson, Government Alliance on Race and Equity and Karla Bruce, Fairfax County (Virginia) Government
Click to watch the video.

June 11, 2018
Building a Regional, Multi-Ethnic Movement for Racial Equity
Dr. Manuel Pastor, Professor, Sociology and American Studies & Ethnicity, University of Southern California

Click to watch the video.

January 31, 2018
Building a Community
Inca Mohamed, Internationally recognized facilitator and trainer
Click to watch the video.

February 13, 2018
Structural Racism
Dr. Ibram Kendi, Author, Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America 
Click to watch the video 

March 16, 2018
White Privilege
Dr. Robin DiAngelo, 
Author, What Does It Mean to be White?
Click to watch the video.

EXPANDING THE TABLE for racial equity


a CONVERSATION WITH dr. Bernie demczuk | January 2018 

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