About the Program
A first of its kind in the philanthropic advisory space, the 21/64 Certified Advisors of Color Program is a year-long leadership development opportunity dedicated to the training and advancement of Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) identifying professionals and advisors working with philanthropic families and individuals in the field.
Thanks to funding from the Joyce and Irving Goldman Family Foundation and the Surdna Foundation, and inspired by the Career Pathways Program at the Council on Foundations, 21/64 hopes to help evolve the philanthropic advisory space to be more inclusive in an effort to diversify philanthropic funding and social impact investments 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.
With the intention of taking responsibility for evolving the field of philanthropic advising, 21/64 organized a national Advisory Committee who helps to oversee the Program and was instrumental in selecting the Inaugural Cohort of this Program's pilot year. In 2022, 21/64 hopes to convene another cohort of 16 BIPOC identifying professionals in philanthropy and advising 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 participants articulate their vision as philanthropic advisors and in doing so, inspire donors to diversify their philanthropic investments toward just, equitable and community-led initiatives; 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 Program has influenced their philanthropic advising, and express a call to action to encourage diversity in the field.
Investment in this Program is solely to cover the participation of the 21/64 Virtual Multigenerational Approach Training at $1,750. 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.
We are grateful for their contribution to our work, investing in the leadership of BIPOC identifying peers and the philanthropic advisory space.
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 with high-net-worth philanthropic families and individuals.
- Dedicated to a long-term career in nonprofit or social change leadership.
- Committed to attending all of the Program’s phases listed in the program schedule below.
- Professionally based in the U.S.*
*For the first year of this Program, 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.
- 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.
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.
Please answer the following questions:
- Why this? What are you trying to achieve from participating in this Program? What aspects of the Program are you most excited about?
- Why you? How does your lived experience inform your work as a philanthropic professional?
- Why are you ready for this? What about the multigenerational approach to working with philanthropic families would be value-added to you in your career now?
- This is a year-long commitment to yourself and to your community of peers. What do you want to bring to this program and what are you hoping to leave with?
How to Apply:
- Reach out to Andine to let her know you’re interested or to ask any clarifying questions about the application process.
- Review the Program's schedule to ensure that you are available for all of the dates of this year-long learning journey.
- Learn about the Program’s Inaugural Cohort to see if this is the right community for you.
- Begin preparing your video submission and let us know if you encounter any barriers with recording and submitting.
- Apply by March 7, 2022 and no later than 12:00pm ET.
- Acceptances will be announced via email by April 19, 2022.
Phase 1: Deepening Your Practice
- Program Orientation: May 2, 2022 from 12:00 – 1:30pm ET.
- 21/64 Multigenerational Approach Training: May 9 – 12, 2022 from 1:00 – 4:00pm ET each day.
Phase 2: Engaging Your Peers
- Harnessing Joy and Resilience in Your Practice Symposium: June 9, 2022 from 1:00 – 3:00pm ET.
- Peer Learning Sessions*: July 12, July 19, July 26 and August 2, 2022 from 1:00 – 3:00pm ET each date.
- Peer Learning Sessions *: July 28, August 8, August 11, August 18, 2022 from 1:00 – 3:00pm ET each date.
*Cohort participants will be pre-assigned to one or the other sets of dates for these peer learning sessions.
Phase 3: Honing Your Thought Leadership
- Telling Your Story Masterclass: September, 2022 (specific date TBC).
- Write to Change the World Workshop: October 12 – 13, 2022 (specific date TBC).
Phase 4: Amplifying Your Voice and Supporting Your Career Journey: Ongoing from November 2022 - March 2023
- Bi-Weekly Community Office Hours (optional).
- Mentoring Sessions: Four 1-hour sessions to be agreed upon between cohort participant and assigned mentor.
- Thought Leadership Development and Placement.
Program Commencement and Celebration: March 30, 2023 from 12:00 – 2:00pm ET
Applications are now open for the 2022 Cohort until March 7, 2022 at 12pm ET.
“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