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

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

Hear from Ashindi Maxton, Tuhina De O'Connor 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 Donors of Color
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Diversity in Philanthropy: Understanding, Engaging and Networking the High Net Worth Donor of Color:

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Communities Foundation of Texas   


Special thanks to our Host Committee (as of October 9):

Cheryl D. Alston


Tangee & Darwin Gibson


Laura Nieto


Anna & Raj Asava


Larissa Batta & Pepe Guevara


Ami Doshi & Ravi Patel


Ann Badmus


Aassia Haq


Holly and Carlos Gonzalez Peña


Hong & Jim Bass


Amy Hofland


DeMetris Sampson


Chris Bhatti


Hind Jarrah


Christa Sanford


Froswa' Booker-Drew


Sophia & Willis Johnson


Gail Warrior Suchy


Richie Butler


Charles Ku


Charmaine & George Tang


Greg Campbell


Jill B. Louis


Frances Cudjoe Waters


Angela Chen


Mona & Raj Malik


Ann Williams


Effie Dennison


Sobia & Hussain Manjee


Wise Latinas Linked


Sejal & Hemang Desai


Marci McLean


Trea C. Yip


Lauren Embrey


Sanjay Mohan


Cynthia Yung  


Maria Cristina Esteves


Lisa Montgomery






Hali Lee, Executive Director, Faces of Giving, Inc.

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 $1,000,000 in support of over 85 amazing projects. Hali lives in Brooklyn, along with her husband and three teenage children.

Tuhina De O’Connor, Co-Founder, Faces of Giving, LLC   

Tuhina has been in the non-profit sector for 22 years and has experience in healthcare, public health, social justice, and human rights. Most recently, she was the Director of Donor Services at the Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors. Prior to that, she worked in development at Robin Hood Foundation, a large public charity in New York City whose mission is to fight poverty in the five boroughs. From 1999-2007, Tuhina was the Executive Director of a non-profit organization, the New York Asian Women’s Center, a direct service provider of domestic violence services and shelter for Asian women and children. Tuhina received the Governor’s Award to End Domestic Violence in 2002 and the Robin Hood Hero Award in 2003 for her work at the Center.

Tuhina currently sits on the boards of Nonprofit Coordinating Committee Research Institute, the Mental Health Association of New York City and the Asian Women’s Giving Circle of New York. Tuhina has a MS and an MPH from the University of Michigan.

Ashindi Maxton, Independent Strategist

Ashindi Maxton is an independent strategist and donor advisor in democracy reform and racial justice.  She developed funding strategy informing more than $100 million in investments from clients including the Democracy Alliance, the Ford Foundation, and The Women Donors Network. In addition to her work in philanthropy, 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. Ashindi  has also served as the principal of an elementary (K-6) arts charter school, a Spanish bilingual fifth grade teacher, and a fellow to the United States Senate Subcommittee on Education, and was a Fulbright Fellow to the Dominican Republic.  She is on the boards of Free Speech TV and the Texas Organizing Project. She is a co-founder of the Donors of Color Project. 


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