Our Work

Lived Experience:
impacting our work and the field

Our overarching goal is to work with philanthropic funders on investing with intention so that their impact is visible in the communities that need it most. To get there, we advocate for equitable philanthropic practices that address structural and institutional change, and we coalesce several individual groups and audiences in order to achieve this. United, we can move the philanthropic sector forward and create real change in our societies. With that in mind, we have five major strategic approaches.


Celebrate Impact: Recognize foundations who’ve made a strong commitment to advance equity across all communities

Build Knowledge: Offer a curated resource hub of data, best practices, events and tools – all with an equity lens

Expand Leadership: Deepen relationships within the leadership pipeline to authentically engage diverse and experienced candidates

Create Connections: Foster collaborative spaces to strengthen bridges across the sector to support partnerships in shared practices and strategies for impact

Cultivate Partnerships: Initiate and coordinate programs to promote effective intersectional approaches to ignite positive social change

Lived Experience:
impacting our work and the field

Lived Experience

impacting our work and the field


Noelle Ito
Vice President, Programs

How do you identify yourself?

As an Asian American woman

Tell us about a past experience that inspires the work you do today.

As a 4th generation Japanese American, I have been lucky that my grandparents have shared their story of incarceration during WWII in an internment camp in Arizona. For many, these stories have not been passed down due to shame, anger etc. It is this historical moment in time that has shaped so much of our family history and has inspired me to ensure that something like this never happens again in the US and that we fight for equity for all.

What change do you hope to see in philanthropy?

Giving & leadership that is more reflective of our country and not just an activity for old white wealthy men!