United Way of the Greater Triangle Chief Program Officer and MENTOR North Carolina President & CEO present at National Mentoring Summit

On January 30, 2020, Nick Allen, Chief Program Officer of the United Way of the Greater Triangle and Atrayus O. Goode, MENTOR North Carolina President & CEO presented “Disrupting Systemic Racism Through Responsible Philanthropy” at the National Mentoring Summit in Washington, DC.

According to the Annie E. Casey Foundation, at least 60% of nonprofits serve people of color. This is especially true in the mentoring field, where over 75% of mentees served are youth of color. However, the nonprofit sector has a racial leadership gap: only seven percent of nonprofit chief executives are people of color. Further, while the philanthropic community has played an important role in responding to societal issues, it has done so through investments in mostly white organizations, creating significant capacity gaps in POC-led agencies.

During the session, Allen and Goode explored how philanthropy reinforces structural racism, examined models of grantmaking rooted in a systems analysis, and led participants to develop strategies to practice philanthropy through a lens of racial justice.

“Nick and Atrayus did a phenomenal job unpacking such a heavy topic! Although they had specific information they wanted to present, they were willing to be flexible and go with the discussion. I felt that participation was not only encouraged but also genuinely welcomed. There were so many who wanted to voice their opinions, experiences, and questions that we ran out of time. This was a fantastic session and if given the chance, I would attend again.”