October 30: Diversity in Philanthropy: Understanding, Engaging and Networking the High Net Worth Donor of Color

Hosted by Communities Foundation of Texas, Dallas Women's Foundation, The Vaid Group, and Faces of Giving.

Hear from Urvashi Vaid, Ashindi Maxton, and Hali Lee about their groundbreaking project engaging and networking high net worth donors of color. The project includes a landscape analysis that examines the giving patterns and priorities of high net worth people of color. It finds that while these donors are generous and philanthropically engaged, they are invisible to mainstream philanthropy and largely not even known to each other. The project team will also share initial findings from interviews with dozens of high net worth donors of color, leaders of existing donor networks and lessons from previous attempts to organize donors of color.

Learn about how the project engages with high net worth donors of color about their philanthropy and about the team’s recommendations, including the potential development of a network of high net worth donors of color interested in racial and social justice funding. The project brings to light this community’s critical experiences, resources and talents at a time when it is most important to do so. Please join us for a reception with light fare and drinks following the presentation and discussion.



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Tuesday October 30
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Diversity in Philanthropy: The Vaid Group and Faces of Giving presents Understanding, Engaging and Networking the High Net Worth Donor of Color
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Diversity in Philanthropy: Understanding, Engaging and Networking the High Net Worth Donor of Color:


Ashindi Maxton

Hali Lee was born in Seoul, Korea and grew up in Kansas City. She graduated from Princeton University, studied Buddhism at Mahidol University in Bangkok, Thailand, and received a Master’s in Social Work from New York University. Hali has worked in many capacities, often combining a love of learning, the arts and social justice. Hali is the founder of the Asian Women Giving Circle, which raises resources to support Asian American women using the arts to bring about progressive social change in their communities. In eleven years, the Circle has made grants of nearly $800,000 in support of over seventy amazing projects. Hali lives in Brooklyn, along with her husband and three teenage children.

Hali Lee   

Ashindi Maxton is an independent strategist and donor advisor with extensive work in democracy reform, racial justice, and education. She has developed funding strategy informing more than $100 million in investments from some of the largest foundations and individual donors in the United States including the Democracy Alliance, the Ford Foundation, Women Donors Network, and the Sandler Family Foundation.

Ashindi has served as the National Policy Director of the NAACP and the National Director of Political Partnerships for SEIU, the largest labor union in the United States. She had an early focus in education, which included time as a bilingual fourth and fifth grade teacher in a Title 1 school, a fellow to the United States Senate Subcommittee on Education, the National Policy Director of Teach For America, and the principal of an elementary arts charter school in Washington, DC.

Ashindi has been named to the “NAACP Power 40” list of most influential African-Americans under forty. She has also been listed three times to Washington Magazine’s “Young and the Guest List” of “forty and under geniuses, visionaries, crusaders and innovators shaping Washington’s future”. She was also a Fulbright Scholar to the Dominican Republic where she published the first national study on race consciousness in Dominican children. She serves on the c3 board of the Texas Organizing Project and recently completed three years as Board Chair of Free Speech TV during a time that the network audience grew from 30 million to 50 million viewers.

Ashindi has an International Baccalaureate degree from the United World College of the American West in New Mexico. She graduated Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Vassar College with a degree in Africana Studies and later received a Masters in Public Policy from the University of California, Berkeley.

Urashi Vaid 

Urvashi Vaid is an attorney and social innovator who is Managing Director of The Vaid Group LLC, a strategy-consulting practice working on global and domestic projects that advance equity, justice and inclusion. She has written extensively on race, class relations and LGBT politics.

Vaid was Director of the Engaging Tradition Project at Columbia Law School’s Center for Gender and Sexuality Law, analyzing how to overcome opposition to gender and sexual rights that is based on tradition, religion and custom, and served as a Senior Fellow at the CUNY Graduate Center Department of Sociology, working with the Social Justice Sexuality project. Vaid brings over 15 years of experience as a foundation executive and board member. She was Executive Director of the Arcus Foundation from 2005-2010, served as Deputy Director of the Governance and Civil Society Unit at the Ford Foundation from 2000-2005, and served in the Board of the Gill Foundation from 2004-2014. She worked on the staff of the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force for over a decade, including serving as its executive director. She is former staff attorney of the ACLU National Prison Project.

Vaid is a national Board member of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, and the founder and Board member of LPAC, the first lesbian political action committee. She is a graduate of Vassar College and Northeastern University School of Law.

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