Cohorts

Cohorts

A transformative learning opportunity.

Cohorts are unique structured opportunities for our partners to connect with each other, deepen their relationships, advance and accelerate their learning, maximize new opportunities and tackle tough challenges. They are vehicles for personal, interpersonal and organizational transformations in philanthropy.  

These collective spaces support our members' skills and capabilities to shift their practices and policies to eliminate racial disparities within their institutions and collective efforts. This is not only in support of our philanthropic partners directly, but also in service of our long-term vision of equity and racial justice for all communities.

2024 Cohort Opportunities

Exploring Whiteness: White Anti-Racism Cohort
For many white people, whiteness has been taught as the absence of race. This new multi-session cohort is an opportunity for white people in philanthropy to unlearn this, better understand their whiteness and white privilege, and explore their own anti-racist action both personally and in the sector.

Navigating Courage™: Senior Leaders Cohort
Senior leaders in foundations play a critical role. They are both responsible for leading teams and initiatives as well as managing upward to influence decision-making with the CEO and other leaders. This cohort is designed to be a space for these individuals to step into their personal leadership and drive impact in their spheres of influence. We are excited to partner with Dr. Robin Martin to bring you The Navigating CourageTM masterclass.

Rooted Leadership: BIPOC Cohort
The Rooted Leadership Cohort is a five-session program built for Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC), philanthropic leaders to engage in leadership development and explore topics of solidarity, self-care and community care. This cohort provides a nurturing environment that acknowledges and tends to the unique challenges, experiences and perspectives of BIPOC professionals in the philanthropic sector

Together In Divided Times: Rural Funders Cohort
So many communities experience both connectedness but also increasing polarization. This has its own dynamics in smaller, rural communities where people often have a very private ethos yet know each other very well and have traditionally shouldered many community tasks together. Now, many rural places are experiencing divisions that show up across ideologies, perspectives, race, gender and ethnicity. The tension can break down public processes, and disrupt the work of schools, public agencies, nonprofits and philanthropic funders. This cohort supports rural funders who are trying to make sense of divided times, and to find a productive and sustainable footing.

Trust-Based Philanthropy 
In partnership with the Trust-Based Philanthropy Project, we offer a multi-part Trust-Based Philanthropy virtual cohort. This cohort is designed for foundation leaders interested in bringing greater vulnerability and humility to their philanthropic practices to advance more equitable and transparent funder-grantee relationships.

Ongoing Cohorts

Building Community Philanthropy
A multi-year endeavor with 21 partners in Washington and Portland, Oregon, the BCP initiative is a model for how philanthropy can support shared learning, networking and action to foster more resilient, equitable and inclusive communities. Learn more about BCP.

CEO Cohorts
Our CEO cohorts are an opportunity for executives come together to share, learn and reflect on tough topics executives face, particularly during these times when advancing equity, shifting power and building mutually accountable relationships is paramount to advancing your mission. Discover the outcomes and lessons we've learned thus far in our leadership cohorts focused on racial equity in our report, "Leading for Racial Equity with Peer Support: Reflections on the Power of Cohorts for Learning, Resilience and Action." 

How do I take the next step?
Reach out to our staff to find out if you are eligible to participate in one of our cohorts.

Interested in learning more about cohorts?

For info about our ongoing cohorts, contact our staff or look for upcoming sessions on our events calendar.

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