[Image of a mural by artist Oliver Cole]
Join fellow funders based in, and/or funding in, Western MA to learn about the Racial Equity Plan of the Mass Cultural Council (MCC). MCC Executive Director, Michael Bobbitt, participates in the Western MA Funders’ Network and at this meeting will present MCC’s draft Racial Equity Plan. The Plan is both for internal (within MCC) and external (grantmaking) use. While MCC funds in the arts and culture space, the Racial Equity Plan is a blueprint and relevant to all grantmaking.
Michael will walk us through the process of how they arrived at the draft, point out some of the difficult conversations that were had along the way, and share why the plan is a necessity. There will be lots of opportunity for Q & A.
The first hour of the meeting will be a presentation and peer learning opportunity with Michael, and the last 30 minutes will be dedicated to conversation and updates.
About the Network:
The Western MA Funders' Network is an inclusive network for grantmakers funding in, or based in, the four counties of Western Massachusetts: Berkshire, Hampden, Hampshire, and Franklin. The network exists as a peer community to support grantmakers in the region and ultimately, to create a positive impact throughout Western Massachusetts.
A Network priority is advancing racial equity through grantmaking in Western MA. The intent is to do this for, and with, the most marginalized in the communities of the region. Network members desire to keep learning, dialoging on a regular basis, and collaborating in its effort to advance racial equity through grantmaking.
A Race, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion working group is charged with moving this effort forward. Working group members are: Matt Bannister, PeoplesBank, Paul Belsito of the Irene E. and George A. Davis Foundation, John Bidwell of United Way of Hampshire County, Annamarie Golden of Baystate Health Foundation, Donna Haghighat of the Women's Fund of Western MA, Lori Gazillo Kiely of the Berkshire Bank Foundation, and Katie Allan Zobel of the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts.
The Co-chairs of the Network are Donna Haghighat and Katie Allan Zobel.