ABOUT THE ADVANCED COHORT
The 21/64 Certified Advisors of Color Program’s Advanced Cohort is designed for philanthropic advisors of color who have already obtained 21/64 Certification and who are seeking to deepen their practice through a cohort-based learning experience that enables them to bring their lived experiences, as well as the different facets of their identities, to bear on their relationships with their donors, clients, and colleagues.
This experience is specifically designed for 21/64 BIPOC-Identifying Certified Advisors who not only intend to apply their learnings to their practice but also aspire to contribute to the broader field. It serves as a space for people to reaffirm their dedication to their work, rediscover their voice and unique perspectives rooted in their lived experiences, and cultivate and share innovative ideas within and beyond the sector.
The purpose of this program is to foster a community of BIPOC identifying philanthropic professionals and advisors to build trusting and transformative relationships with donors with whom they work in their communities in an effort to diversify their philanthropic investments.
In 2024, 21/64 hopes to convene a cohort of 20 BIPOC identifying 21/64 Certified Advisors for an 18-month long learning journey to:
- Deepen participants' purpose and inspire them to find meaning in their work through self awareness and reflection aimed at envisioning the role they aspire to play to catalyze change toward a just and equitable world;
- Learn human-centered and technical skills with new content including 21/64’s Advanced Trainings for BIPOC-identifying professionals, such as Talking About Money, Family Dynamics and the Art of Facilitation;
- Revitalize participants' professional profiles, voices and perspectives through developing a concept or enhancing a body of work that they eager to pursue in this vein; and,
- Amplify participants' voices by leveraging 21/64's network to access thought leadership opportunities where participants can share a culmination of their experience from the 18-month journey and encourage diversity, equity and inclusion in the field.
Each participant’s investment in this 18-month long program is $1,900. This fee will be augmented with additional funding that 21/64 raises to provide each participant with a total of $20,000 in training, peer consultations, educational workshops, mentoring and thought leadership support.
Participants in the Advanced Cohort of the 21/64 CAOC Program will gather in person on September 30 – October 2, 2024 at the GilChrist Center in Three Rivers, Michigan. Additional trainings, meetings, and sessions will be conducted virtually through Zoom.
Applications will be reviewed by the 21/64 Advisory Committee consisting of current 21/64 Certified Advisors who are dedicating their time, talent and ties to the organization’s efforts in becoming equitable, diverse and inclusive in its practices, techniques and program delivery at 21/64.
We are grateful for their contribution to our work, investing in the leadership of BIPOC identifying peers and the philanthropic advisory space.
We encourage 21/64 Certified Advisors (working private foundations, grantmaking institutions, community foundations, commercial gift funds, wealth advisors, independent consultants etc.) who identify as Black, Indigenous and People of Color and who work with philanthropic families to join us with these qualifications:
- Have taken a 21/64 Approach Training or participated in the 21/64 Certified Advisors of Color Cohort.
- Have more than five years of experience working directly with high capacity giving families and individuals.
- Dedicated to a long-term career in nonprofit or social change leadership.
- Committed to attending all of the sessions listed in the program schedule below.
- Professionally based in the North America.*
*We are reserving spots for professionals in North America. If you are based or working outside of the North America and are interested in joining the next cohort, let us know.
- Personal and professional leadership goals.
- Readiness to learn interpersonal, facilitation and philanthropic advising skills.
- Openness to examining how their race, cultural, faith/spiritual and other identities along with their lived experiences inform their role as a philanthropic professional.
- Willingness to work in a values-driven peer-based cohort experience which includes showing up for not only their own participation but for others’ learning and growth as well.
We are grateful to our funding partners for their support as 21/64 takes responsibility to help evolve the philanthropic advisory field to be more inclusive in an effort to diversify philanthropic funding and social impact investments within and beyond the sector.
- Joyce and Irving Goldman Foundation
- Surdna Foundation
- Max M. & Marjorie Fisher Foundation
- Fetzer Institute
- The McGill-Readey Academy Fund at The Chicago Community Foundation
21/64 helps donors and clients take an identity-based approach to determine why, what, how and where to move their resources for social change. Therefore, we believe in honoring and honing our own narratives as professionals in order to help those with whom we work to clarify their philanthropic identities.
In lieu of a traditional application and interview process, we invite you to share to bring who you are to life and see who you are beyond the page. To ensure the application submissions are comparable and consistent, please answer the following questions and statements in no more than 10 minutes. If your video exceeds this limit, the selection committee will, in fairness, only review the content up to the 10-minute mark.
Please respond only to the following questions and statements:
- Use of Self: What aspects of your identity do you draw from (race, culture, gender/sexuality, family, faith/spirituality/religious/mindfulness practice) to inform your advising? Tell us a story about how one component of your identity serves you in your practice.
- Role: What sustains you in continuing to work with individuals and families to allocate resources for change? Provide an example.
- 21/64’s Multigenerational Approach: Describe how the 21/64 Approach transforms your practice or informs your current work today.
- 21/64’s Community: What is the challenge you face as a BIPOC philanthropic advisor/professional in the sector? Share how you hope your Advanced Cohort journey and the peers you meet can help you in this challenge.
- Your Vision: The 21/64 CAOC Program's Advanced Cohort is an opportunity to deepen your expertise and reconnect with your purpose as an agent of change. By the end of the program, you may discover a shift in your advising approach, be motivated to develop new concepts, enhance your current body of work, or feel inspired to step into new leadership roles. Paint a picture of how or where you see yourself post-program and how you envision contributing uniquely to the sector.
How to Apply:
- Reach out to Andinefor general inquiries and to start the application process.
- Review the Program's schedule to ensure that you are available for all of the dates of this 18-month learning journey.
- Begin preparing your 10-minute video submission and let us know if you encounter any barriers with recording and submitting.
- Submit your application by March 11, 2024.
- Acceptances will be announced via email at the latest by April 18, 2024.
2024-2025 Program Schedule:
May 1, 2024 from 1:00 – 2:30pm ET: Program Orientation
Participants will begin their journey with an orientation session where they will explore and share their intentions and hopes for being a part of this experience.
June 12, 2024: Discovering Enneagrams
July – August, 2024*: Peer Learning Sessions
- Peer Learning Sessions*: July 10, July 17, July 24 and July 31 from 3:00 – 4:45pm ET each date.
- Peer Learning Sessions*: August 1, August 8, August 15, August 22 from 3:00 – 4:45pm ET each date.
Cohort participants will be pre-assigned to one or the other sets of dates for these peer learning sessions.
September 29 – October 2: In-Person Retreat at the Fetzer Institute
Participants will convene for an in-person gathering with special guest programming to deepen their experience as a cohort as well as carry them further on their individual journeys. We will utilize our time and space for participants to refresh themselves on the 21/64 Approach to set a strong foundation on the technical skills they will continue to learn throughout their learning experience. Participants will also have the opportunity to reground themselves, connect with nature and reconnect with their personal faith, religious or spiritual practices to fortify them in their work and experience as part of this program’s cohort.
November, 2024: Faith and Spirituality Workshop
November, 2024: 30-Days of Purpose
Participants will carve out 20-minutes each day for self-reflection. As part of this practice, 21/64 will provide a series of thought-provoking questions aimed at stimulating awareness. Over the span of thirty days, participants will be prompted to formulate their professional purpose for the role they aspire to take on within the sector.
January, 2025*: Family Dynamics and Talking About Money Training
February, 2025*: Cohort Workshop on Money and Meaning with Special Guest
April, 2025*: Art of Facilitation
May, 2025*: Cohort Workshop on Somatic Exploration with Special Guest
May-June, 2025: 1:1 Coaching (ongoing)
21/64 will match program participants with a coach of their choosing in one of these three disciplines: Multigenerational Family Philanthropy Advising; Harnessing Faith, Spirituality, and Mindfulness in Your Advising; or, Building Your Advising Practice.
July-December, 2025: Thought Leadership Support and Production (ongoing)
21/64 will support participants' intention to develop a new concept, expand on a current body of work or produce a thought leadership piece (such as a short video, blog post, podcast episode, etc.) that helps them to reflect and communicate what they have learned throughout this program.
December 4, 2025 from 12:30 – 2:00pm ET *: Commencement Ceremony
The Advanced Cohort program will conclude with a celebratory convening where we will gather to congratulate our participants, share their reflections and lessons learned as well as highlight the ways that participants are continuing with the commitment to advancing inclusive practices and diversity in philanthropic decision-making and governance, with a renewed sense of purpose, intention, compassion and connection with one’s inner self and the donors with whom they work.
*Specific dates to be confirmed
“I tell my students, 'When you get these jobs that you have been so brilliantly trained for, just remember that your real job is that if you are free, you need to free somebody else. If you have some power, then your job is to empower somebody else.'” – Toni Morrison