Doubling Down – Why Philanthropy Must Intensify Support of Racial Justice in the Face of Legal Challenges

In June 2023, the Supreme Court issued a decision that effectively ended race-conscious admission programs (Affirmative Action) in higher education. The decision was one of several recent attacks on efforts to advance racial justice and heal from centuries of racism. Just a few months after the SCOTUS decision, The Fearless Foundation, a 501c3 organization that provides capital, community, mentorship, and education to women of color entrepreneurs, was sued, alleging its Fearless Strivers Grant program was ‘racially exclusionary’ and a violation of Section 1981 of the Civil Rights Act of 1866. 

The SCOTUS Affirmative Action decision and the ongoing The Fearless Foundation litigation (among other cases) have raised concerns in the philanthropic and nonprofit sectors at a time when funders must not retreat from commitments and investments to support racial justice. 

Join our panel of experts from philanthropy and law as we review the legal landscape of these attacks and discuss potential implications and actions for the philanthropic sector.  


Dr. Amber Banks – Decolonizing Wealth Project


Susan Taylor Batten – ABFE: A Philanthropic Partnership for Black Communities

Jon Greenbaum – Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law

Justin Hansford – Howard University School of Law and Executive Director of the Thurgood Marshall Civil Rights Center

Abby Levine – Robert Wood Johnson Foundation


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Date and time
Thursday, February 08, 2024
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm