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Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Grantmaking Practice

May 17 @ 11:00 am12:30 pm EDT

Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Grantmaking Practice

Reimagine funding practices to advance equity and justice in nonprofits

Join us for this free webinar and panel discussion to explore how funders can advance diversity, equity, and inclusion when supporting nonprofit leaders, and how this can strengthen more inclusive practices in the field.

Grantmakers from the Open Society Foundations will share their experiences and will draw upon two recently published reports: Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Grant Making: A Guide for Reflection and Learning and In Support of Those Who Take the Leap: Lessons on Leadership Transitions from the Open Society Foundations’ New Executives Fund.

We’ll explore:

  • Why focusing on diversity, equity, and inclusion is critical to building organizational resilience
  • Lessons and practical suggestions from peer funders on how to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion through grantmaking practices


  • Panelist Magda Adamowicz, Open Society Foundations
  • Panelist Joey Lee, Open Society Foundations
  • Moderator Surabhi Pandit, Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan

Who should attend this course?
This course is intended for foundation staff, donors, and others engaged in grantmaking. If you don’t fit this profile but are interested in attending, please email Tiana Hawver before registering.

Price: Free
Format: Virtual
Deadline to Register: May 13

Please Note: Due to the interactive nature of this session, it will not be recorded.

Questions about this event or about your registration?
Call 616-331-7585 or email Tiana Hawver.

Magda Adamowicz
Magda Adamowicz, M.A., M.S., is a program officer at the Open Society Foundations. Working in philanthropy for nearly two decades, Magda’s rich experience focuses on the strategic and effective use of multiple grantmaking tools, as well as supporting the resilience and sustainability of human rights movements. In recent years, she led the development of the Open Society Institute’s programming on the protection and security of human rights defenders. This portfolio gave her a unique opportunity to work with a diverse set of partners, including indigenous movements protecting their lands, digital security collectives, and networks of women rights defenders in several geographies, including Latin America, South East Asia, Africa, and Europe. Learn more about Magda.

Joey Lee
Joey Lee, J.D., is a program officer at the Open Society Foundations. He supports OSF’s New Executives Fund, which provides critical support to new nonprofit leaders to help their organizations navigate challenging transitions. Previously, Joey served as Asia Law & Justice Program Director at Fordham Law School’s Leitner Center for International Law and Justice, where he managed capacity-building programs to empower public interest lawyers and legal rights defenders in Asia, particularly in China and Myanmar. He was also an adjunct professor and clinical instructor in international human rights law and practice. Earlier in his career, Joey worked at Human Rights in China to coordinate engagement of UN and other international human rights mechanisms to support Chinese human rights defenders. Learn more about Joey.

Photo: Surabhi Pandit
Surabhi S. Pandit, M.S.W., is a senior program officer for the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan. In her work at the Foundation, she manages special initiatives and grantmaking programs that focus on human services, the LGBTQ+ community, immigrant/refugee support, and safety & justice. From 2012 to mid-2014, Surabhi served as the William C. Richardson Fellow in Government Affairs & Philanthropy at the Council of Michigan Foundations. Her work at CMF was focused on developing programs that respond to public policy issues in the areas of aging, health, education, arts & culture, women & girls, and the environment for member foundations and state government officials. Learn more about Surabhi.


May 17
11:00 am–12:30 pm EDT
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