CPGR is Listening and Learning: Our Commitment to Racial Justice
Tuesday, June 30, 2020
Posted by: Tina Drum
Across our country and throughout the state of Colorado, people continue to battle for fairness, kindness and equal opportunity. There is sadness, anger, confusion, and frustration. But there is also hope and opportunity, the ingredients of the flame that burns within every bequest: that together we can create a world that is better tomorrow than it is today.
Here at CPGR, we are striving to do our part. Last fall, we prepared for our first-ever distribution from the new CPGR Endowment. In board discussions, we determined that this funding would prioritize a new Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) initiative within CPGR. A small taskforce was formed.
As sometimes happens, this volunteer-led initiative lost some steam as everyone navigated the personal and professional urgency and emergencies initiated by Covid-19. Of course, the recent racial justice protests have served as an awakening for so many people, those at CPGR included.
Thanks to Kelly Purdy’s energy and leadership, the CPGR DEI taskforce has been reignited. The board is now participating in its first-ever book club, discussing Robin DiAngelo’s White Fragility in two-chapter installments every two weeks. This education will be accompanied with additional board training this fall. These thoughtful and difficult discussions around race and racism position your CPGR leadership to make better decisions on behalf of our members and the broader Colorado gift planning community.
As a close-knit and caring community, CPGR hopes that each of you will come together: to support your fellow CPGR members and friends, to navigate strange and risky situations, to mentor the next generation of planned giving leaders, and to champion diversity in all forms. In fact, we hope these things come to define who CPGR is and the values we represent.
We recognize the long-term self-awareness and strategy that will be required to create a community truly free of prejudice. Yet we are 100% committed to building an environment where discrimination based on race, gender, religious belief, orientation or any other factor is not tolerated – where charitable gift planning professionals represent the diversity of donors we aim to educate and inspire.
We invite those of you interested in championing diverse and minority gift planning professionals within our community to reach out to either of us with your support and ideas.
Katy Herbert Kotlarczyk