Philanthropy Professionals of Color


The Connecticut Council for Philanthropy is excited to announce the launch of a statewide network for philanthropy professionals of color, the first of its peer networks based on identity. It is open to all members in the sector who identify as people of color, inclusive of the many colors and shades that exist for Black, Brown, and Asian Pacific Islander Desi American communities. Steering the initial development of this network in 2021 has been Alexis Bivens, formerly program director at the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation, and Fahd Vahidy, philanthropic advisor to Bill Graustein.  

The purpose of this peer network is to offer a space for restoration and healing, recognizing that for many people of color in the philanthropic sector, there exist specific stressors and burdens. Sessions are designed to celebrate the collective wisdom and cultural practices of network members. This peer group will prioritize conversations and programs focusing on joy, wellbeing, and community building.

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Network Leadership:




Rabera Sharon
Program Lead for Health Justice Organizing & Advocacy
Universal Healthcare Foundation

Alexis Bivens
Vice President
Connecticut Council for Philanthropy

To sign up for the Philanthropy Professionals of Color Listserv or for more information, contact Alexis Bivens, vice president of strategic initiatives.