About the Pilot Project
A first of its kind in the philanthropic advisory space, the 21/64 Certified Advisors of Color Pilot Project is a year-long leadership development program dedicated to the advancement of philanthropic professionals of color in building trusting and transformative relationships with high net-worth donors in their communities.
Thanks to initial funding from the Joyce and Irving Goldman Family Foundation and inspired by the Career Pathways Program at the Council on Foundations, which has been successful in advancing philanthropic leaders of color in the field, we hope to advance inclusive practices and diversity in philanthropic advising decision-making and governance.
The purpose of this Pilot Project is to build a community of BIPOC philanthropic professionals with deep knowledge about multigenerational family, wealth and philanthropy, using 21/64’s tools and resources, to guide families in their grantmaking, governance and investing.
With this Pilot Project, we hope to evolve the 21/64 network to be more inclusive and to diversify funding and investments within and beyond the sector.
21/64 wants to take responsibility for helping to evolve the field of philanthropic advising and has organized a national Advisory Committee to inform the Pilot Project which will begin with eight BIPOC-identifying philanthropic professionals and advisors to:
- Deepen their practices around multigenerational family, wealth and philanthropy: so as to be relational and transformational rather than transactional with donors of all ages, stages and backgrounds;
- Engage using a peer learning model: To provide a supportive learning environment, safe and brave space to explore and practice new ideas, and adopt new strategies and skills;
- Hone personal narratives: to help them articulate how they came into this work as well as provide the forum to workshop and express the vision they have for their roles in the philanthropic field; and,
- Amplify voices: by leveraging our networks to provide thought leadership opportunities where participants can share their ideas and experiences, what they have learned, how the Pilot Project has influenced their philanthropic advising, and express a call to action to encourage diversity in the field.
Investment in this Pilot Project is solely to cover the participation of the 21/64 Virtual Multigenerational Approach Training at $1,650. This fee will be augmented with additional funding that 21/64 has raised to provide each participant from this inaugural cohort with a total of $10,000 in programs, tools and services.
All training, meetings and workshops will be hosted virtually via 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. Learn more about this Inaugural Committee.
We are grateful for their contribution to our work, investing in the leadership of BIPOC philanthropic advisors and the philanthropic field.
We encourage philanthropic professionals (working in 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.
- 6-10 years’ experience working in the nonprofit sector or recent Master’s or Postgraduate in nonprofit management, philanthropy or fundraising with an interest in a multigenerational approach to philanthropy.
- Dedicated to a career in nonprofit or social change leadership.
- Committed to attend the 21/64 Virtual Multigenerational Training taking place on March 2-4 2021, as well as a peer cohort experience in the month of June 2021 (dates TBC based on cohort availability).
- Professionally based in the U.S.*
*For the first year of this Pilot Project, we are reserving spots for professionals working in the U.S. If you are working outside of the U.S. and are interested in joining the next cohort, let us know.
At 21/64, we believe in honoring and honing our narratives, both for our individual ‘self’ and ‘roles’ we play. Therefore, we want to invite you to share a video (5-7 minutes) about your professional journey.**
Here are some questions that we would like you to answer in your application:
- Why this? What are you trying to achieve from participating in this Pilot Project?
- Why now? What makes you ready to want to incorporate a multigenerational approach in your philanthropic profession?
- Why you? How does your lived experience inform your work as a philanthropic professional?
- Why us? Why do you want to experience this particular professional development offering along with a community of peers?
**If you have any barriers or difficulties with recording or submitting a video, please don’t hesitate to email us.
Criteria: Selections will be based on leadership potential of applicants, rooted in four criteria:
- Personal and professional leadership goals.
- Community and volunteer experience.
- Interest and readiness to integrate a multigenerational approach in the applicant’s work.
- Openness to incorporate interpersonal skills and lived experiences into the applicant’s technical skills.
- Applications are due on January 30th, 2021.
- Acceptances will be announced mid February, 2021.
- The Pilot Project will begin on March 2nd, 2021.
- The Peer Cohort will take place in June 2021 (dates TBC based on cohort availability).
- Workshops and coaching will occur between September 2021 and January 2022.
- The Pilot Project will end on February 2022.
Applications are now closed for the inaugural cohort.
“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