Elevating Equity is an organizing approach to increasing the practice, relationships, and outcomes rooted in equity or “fairness” in New Jersey in three interconnected areas: charitable nonprofits, philanthropic organizations, and communities engaged by the nonprofit/philanthropic sector.
Beginning with the assumption that the well-documented lack of equity in New Jersey is systemic, the project offers a statewide series of sequential convenings designed to explore oppression and barriers to equity, and design interventions that would increase the power of the oppressed to achieve the outcomes desired for their lives. This exploration and learning will yield the opportunity to identify and commit to actions that advance justice and fairness in each person’s organization, community and/or in the nonprofit/philanthropic sector.
Elevating Equity would not have been possible without an abiding practice of collectivity and generous collaboration on behalf of the program’s team, for which Gathering Ground is deeply thankful. We offer our tremendous gratitude to Hillombo LLC whom we engaged to lead, teach, and facilitate core elements of the program design.
We also give our big thanks to an amazing working group that advised and provided guidance for this work and an incredible team of racial and social justice facilitators and documenters that engaged and supported a committed and courageous cohort of experiment creators. We also gratefully acknowledge the generous leadership support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation for making this work possible.