Equity Journey

March 2018

UWGT identifies Equity in Leadership as a core strategic pillar for the next five years

The organization’s final investment pillars, presented by staff and approved by the Board of Directors, will guide the shape of investments and partnerships in the future.

June 2018

UWGT commits to track and share racial and gender demographic data of internal and partner organization boards, executive leadership, and staff

A re-examination of the organization’s funding portfolio shows:

  • 80% of people served are POC but less than 20% of nonprofits are led by POC.
  • Male-led organizations hold 3x the assets of female-led organizations.
January 2019

Shifting habits

UWGT commits to:

  • Prioritizing community-owned narratives in storytelling
  • Executing on a representation audit (visibility in marketing materials/website, tracking nonprofit partner engagement, and more)
  • Improving internal hiring processes.
April 2019

Community impact funding RFP is adjusted

The adjustment includes:

  • Community-defined measures of success (reported by nonprofits)
  • Explicit equity, anti-racism questions in end-of-year reporting (not just outcomes)
January 2020

Durham One Fund is reactivated to support McDougald Terrace residents

Re-activation ensures that:

  • Displaced community representatives have a role in the decision-making process for funding
  • Funding is based on community need, services delivered, and displaced community engagement
March 2020

Frontline Solutions conducts UWGT’s internal equity assessment

This assessment includes:

  • Facilitated racial identity caucusing
  • Ongoing coaching and support
  • Board DEI development
March 2020

COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund launches

This new fund ensures:

  • Multiple rounds of funding to ensure investments are in most relevant and pressing community needs
  • Service to POC communities is prioritized based on disproportionate impact data
  • POC-led organizations are prioritized
  • The public communication of the number of grants awarded as well as the average grant award aggregated by leadership’s race
August 2020

Anti-Racism Community Fund launches

This represents an evolution of UWGT’s Equity work. The fund intends to:

  • Empower and fund local grassroots leaders
  • Invest in scalable, systems-aiming anti-racism work
  • Increase the operational and service capacities of nonprofit/for-profit sectors to be anti-racist
  • Lead as a narrative campaign, not just a fundraising campaign