Althea Anderson and Joseph Asunka: Reflections on power, equity and race in international giving

Althea Anderson, a program officer focused on international reproductive health and women’s economic empowerment, and Joseph Asunka, a former program officer on our global transparency team, discuss their work to build equitable partnerships and shift power to African institutions in grantmaking and their experiences as Black funders. This conversation is part of a new series…

Jasmine Sudarkasa and Fay Twersky: A lesson in race, leadership and sharing power

This conversation is part of a new series featuring Hewlett Foundation staff discussing race in our work and lives. It features Jasmine Sudarkasa, a program fellow in our Effective Philanthropy Group, and Fay Twersky, then-vice president of the Hewlett Foundation and director of the Effective Philanthropy Group, discussing the process and experience behind the anti-racism…

Reflecting on my first year as a grantmaker

When I started working as a Program Officer on the Hewlett Foundation’s Women’s Economic Empowerment Strategy a year ago, I shifted from being a grantee to becoming a grantmaker—and the difference in perspective was stark. I began thinking about what it means to give money away, and how different it is from raising money. Especially…

Data Equity: Six steps beyond data disaggregation

We’ve just wrapped up Women’s History Month. This year’s celebration stood out as having an exciting focus on data. Whether taking stock of “what we know and don’t know about women” globally or asking why sex-disaggregated data aren’t sexy—data were front and center. When the pursuit of equity touches on data—for women or other groups…

Performing arts at the precipice

The performing arts sector, in the Bay Area and beyond, is facing a profound set of challenges brought on by the pandemic and stay-at-home orders. The vast majority of arts organizations will be deeply impaired for the foreseeable future, even with the generosity of individual donors keeping many afloat for now, and a second round…

Diagnosing what students need

COVID-19 has altered everything—from where we work, to travel, to how we socialize. And, without a doubt, COVID-19 has changed how we educate our youth. But it may not be a bad thing that schools and teaching will look different when we come out of this crisis. Working in the Long Beach Unified School District…

What if classrooms were rooted in care?

One of the scariest moments for me as a parent was leaving my boys at their childcare center for the very first time. Little did I know, but this community of teachers, children, and families was going to be foundational, not only in my children’s development, but also in my own as a parent. Over…

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