In November 2021, the PSGA board created a plan to pursue our goal to reshape PSGA as a more equitable and just association. The board identified four objectives:
Objective 1: Recruit racially diverse leadership to share decision-making and power in the community.
Objective 2: Formalize an outreach practice that develops allies to share resources.
Objective 3: Align existing programming to topics relevant to racial equity and justice work happening in the Puget Sound and beyond.
Objective 4: Develop policies and practices that advance accessibility of PSGA resources – programs, network, and knowledge.
The Puget Sound Grantwriters Association recognizes that our lunchtime programs depend on the experience and insights of the panelists and speakers we invite to participate. We have historically asked these presenters to volunteer their time. We recognize that as we evolve the program content to incorporate a deeper commitment to equity, we need to reflect those values in our practices. The Board of Directors has approved a budget specifically for compensating presenters’ time with an honorarium. An honorarium of $100 will be offered to presenters for the Seattle and South Sound Lunchtime Programs. Presenters can decline the honorarium and opt to choose an organization to receive it as donation or reserve it for the PSGA’s Grantmaking LIVE! grant program.
We acknowledge this is a new practice for us and we welcome any feedback as we work to improve this process overall.
The board of PSGA has committed to a journey of improving equity within the association and community at large. We would like to share a few resources that may be helpful in your own journey. If you are interested in contributing to our efforts, have questions or suggestions for additional resources, please contact us.
You’ll Never Believe What Happened to Lacey by Amber Ruffin and Lacey Lamar
How to be an Anti-Racist by Ibram X. Kendi
Collecting Courage edited by Nneka Allen, Camila Vital Nunes Pereira, Nicole Salmon
Decolonizing Wealth: Indigenous Wisdom to Heal Divides and Restore Balance by Edgar Villanueva
Grantmaking with a Racial Justice Lens: A Practical Guide by Rinku Sen and Lori Villarosa