Embedding Equity Inside and Out: How Grantmaking Process and Change Go Hand-in-Hand

Equity isn’t always on everyone’s radar, and yet it needs to be more than in our individual hearts. Even if it’s not the focus or experience of our organizations, how can we effectively embed equity int the grant process? Grants managers sit at the core of knowledge practice and are in a key role to help foundations ask the right questions and hear and see information in ways that matter for impact and social change. In this session, viewers will hear about the various aspects of grants management and explore a knowledge framework for embedding equity into change grantmaking. Using a tool to understand both internal and external engagement will lead to actions that move grant processes, systems, and analysis toward deeper equity understanding and practice.

Viewers will:

  • explore how grant information can become meaningful change data;
  • navigate issues of who gets to ask the questions and make sense of the answers;
  • target knowledge leverage points in ongoing foundation activity;
  • learn how to “speak up” to power while learning with communities not heard; and
  • identify ways to roll safely when we stumble – because we all do.

Original air date: July 24, 2018

Angela K. Frusciante, PhD


Knowledge Designs to Change, LLC

Angela K. Frusciante, MRP, PhD is founder of Knowledge Designs to Change, a strategic research and learning practice serving philanthropic organizations and the social sector. Using co-designed processes for engaged inquiry and strategic design, she works across staff, leadership and grantee and community constituents to identify and implement key knowledge practices.

Angela has over 20 years of experience in the social sector, dedicated to advancing equity and supporting individual and organizational potential. Prior to founding Knowledge Designs to Change, Angela served as the Graustein Memorial Fund’s first Knowledge Development Officer. She created and managed grant and contract investment related to organizational learning, management systems, program support, network learning and statewide university partnerships.

Angela believes in the power of the social sector to influence deep and systemic social change through knowledge building, civic design, and public work.

Grants Management Professional Competency Model

Cross-Cutting Competencies

  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in grantmaking practices.

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