People of Color Nonprofit Leaders Symposium: Philanthropy as Social Capital
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People of Color Nonprofit Leaders Symposium: Philanthropy as Social Capital

This Symposium is designed to connect Black, Indigenous, People of Color Nonprofit Leaders with representatives from the Philanthropic Sector while engaging both groups in a discourse about Social Capital.

When: Friday, January 24, 2020
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Where: The Columbia Museum of Art
1515 Main Street
Columbia, South Carolina  29202
United States
Contact: Shayne Kinloch
803-929-0399 ext 14

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Philanthropy can be a powerful force for social change.  Per ABFE, "Black social change leaders and Black-led institutions have played vital roles in almost every major movement in this country, from the abolition of slavery through today." Foundations, funders, and other grant makers generously give tens of billions of dollars each year to nonprofits doing good work.  Unfortunately, less than 8% of those funds are granted to organizations led by Black, Indigenous, and other People of Color (BIPoC). How do we reverse this trend? Philanthropy as Social Capital for BIPoC.

(NOTE: We define a BIPoC led and serving organization as one whose CEO or ED is BIPoC, staff is 50% or greater BIPoC; board of directors is 50% or greater BIPoC; and whose mission statement and charitable programs aim to predominantly serve BIPoC communities or populations.)

Mechanisms by which Philanthropy can function as Social Capital will become clear as we explore how the sector could play a pivotal role in improving social outcomes for BIPoC populations.  Through tailored giving, streamlined processes, and progressive philanthropic ideals, grantmaking institutions can  position themselves as advocates and supporters of BIPoC folks and their organizations.  

Nonprofit leaders of color have historically been shut out from major funding geared towards social change, despite being wholly qualified to mobilize resources in order to solve issues faced by BIPoC communities. They have also experienced restricted access to professional grantmaking relationships.  Discussion around building bridges with funders will equip BIPoC attendees to create, seize, and maximize opportunities.

Philanthropic Leaders will:

  1. Listen to BIPoC nonprofit leaders' experiences with funders
  2. Examine strategies to embed equity into their giving processes and decisions
  3. Gain knowledge around increasing public and private investments in BIPoC led and serving organizations
  4. Receive actionable next steps they can take in order to improve outcomes for BIPoC led and serving organizations by serving as an infrastructure of Financial Capital

Nonprofit Leaders of Color will:

  1. Be able to define, identify, and mobilize their network of Social Capital in order to drive change within their organizations and their communities at-large
  2. Learn tactics to build relationships with funders, foundations, and grantmakers  to advance the strategic priorities and profitability of their organizations
  3. Receive training and insight into nonprofit grantmaking, including basic terminology and tips to improve grant applications
  4. Engage with fellow BIPoC nonprofit leaders and philanthropic leaders to gain a deeper understanding of how to tap into philanthropic Social Capital

*Lunch will be provided*

AGENDA (soon to come)


About Our Event Host

Ericka Wooten - Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina, Program and Initiatives Manager

When Ericka joined the Foundation family, her calm and focused attitude made her an easy fit. Beyond her personality, Ericka’s dedication to making a difference in people’s lives has proved to make her a perfect match for the Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina. With her Catholic identity driving her, Ericka tries to live out her faith daily. This faith bleeds into her interactions with friends, family, and now, Foundation grantees. No matter how big or small the difference is, she is dedicated to supporting all those around her even if it is just by offering a listening ear.

It’s easy to see why Ericka’s mother is her hero– the matriarch of her family, Ericka’s mother is strong in her faith, filled with natural wisdom, and is a wonderful mother and grandmother. We at the Foundation see that these same qualities are found in Ericka herself. She leads with her faith, she takes the time to listen to others, and she’s a dedicated mother to her son. It’s clear that Ericka mirrors those qualities of her hero. If you are lucky enough to work with Ericka, you’ll see all these qualities and then some. She believes that everyone has a story and that every person’s story is important—there’s no doubt that when you meet Ericka you’ll know that someone is listening to yours.

 About Our Event Moderator

Chynna A. Phillips - Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina, Research and Policy Manager

Chynna A. Phillips, MSW, MPH, leads the Foundation’s public policy and advocacy work, collaborating with leadership to strategically set policy priorities and bring awareness to systems-level poverty drivers. Chynna provides hands-on support to and interaction with community, state and national stakeholders. She is a member of the Foundation’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee, which is charged with leading internal and external activities that hold the Foundation accountable for the intentional deepening of knowledge and commitment to practice in this area. Also, Chynna leads the South Carolina Statewide Kinship Care Council, which raises awareness on the challenges kinship families face.

Chynna serves as an advisory board member for the South Carolina Collaborative on Race and Reconciliation, is a national advisory group member for Generations United, and serves as the chair of the 2020 Census Complete Count Committee for the City of Columbia. Chynna received her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Xavier University, and she received her Master of Public Health with an emphasis on Health Service, Policy and Management and Master of Social Work from the University of South Carolina. 


About Our Event Facilitator

Shayne Kinloch - Together SC, Program and Operations Manager

In Shayne's Program Management role, she manages the Carolina Leadership Seminars Program as well as the People of Color Nonprofit Leaders Initiative, including serving as the point of contact for participants, funders, and community partners.  She also works with the Knowledge Network Services Manager to support the Board Leadership Seminars Program.  She was instrumental in the creation of the Black Nonprofit Leaders Group which hosts People of Color Nonprofit Leaders Symposiums across the state of South Carolina. Most recently she has worked to buttress rural leaders through initiatives such as the Rural Leaders Summit and the Southern Lowcountry Elevating Leaders Fellowship.  

Shayne’s awareness of the gap between personal and governmental resources is why she has dedicated more than fifteen years of her life to nonprofits.  She has experienced much joy from helping others identify pathways to achieve their personal level of success.  She has been pleased to offer programmatic, operational, instructional, organizational, training, and administrative support to the nonprofit sector. Shayne has a passion for serving vulnerable populations and works to bridge inequities through her service on the Race Equity & Inclusion Leadership Collaborative.  She finds great delight from her work with Black Women 2020 which seeks to make sure Black women feel "Safe, Seen, and Supported".  She has also enjoyed the privilege of offering dance education to underserved populations for the past eight years.  These talented dancers have been invited to perform for special programs, esteemed dignitaries, while the competition dance team has earned countless awards and accolades traveling throughout the southeast. Shayne also serves as School Improvement Council Chair and Title I Parent Advisory Council Representative for a local elementary school.   She was educated at Columbia College where she earned both her bachelor’s degree and master’s in Organizational Change and Leadership. 



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