may, 2021

18may12:00 pm1:00 pmRespect the Hustle: Why do POC in philanthropy wear so many hats?

Event Details

Join us for this important conversation.

People of color in philanthropy are exhausted. Well, everyone is these days, but there’s an extra layer of underlying weariness with BIPOC folks. One reason that may not be apparent from the outside is that we almost always have a side hustle: in addition to our regular grantmaking, evaluation, operations, or investments responsibilities, we’re starting employee resource groups, or leading informal support sessions, or organizing an internal DEI committee, or mentoring young people finding their way in the field, or helping our white colleagues navigate the uncertainties of stepping up in this moment of racial-justice reckoning. Why do so many people of color in our field feel compelled to wear so many hats? Dig into this question with two inveterate hat collectors, former colleagues at the Ford Foundation who have pursued intersectional practice on racial equity and disability justice at the nexus of consulting, academia, philanthropy, and social justice. What are the motivations, the costs, and the opportunities of having side hustles in philanthropy? And what can the experience of consultants teach us about how to do this sustainably?

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand how people of color in philanthropy balance the need for representation with their own capacity, bandwidth, and well-being
  • Better understand the role of consultants in shaping disability and racial equity practice
  • Learn how grantmakers collaborate across silos in pursuing racial equity and disability
  • Explore the impact of bringing a consulting orientation to grantmaking


  • Chris Cardona, Senior Program Officer, Philanthropy @ Ford Foundation
  • Adela Ruiz, Program and Grants Manager @ NBA Foundation 



(Tuesday) 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


National Network of Consultants to Grantmakers