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 that is based in 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 have been Alexis Bivens, 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 that focus on joy, wellbeing, and community building.


Click here to register for the network launch event >>


Network Leadership:

Alexis Bivens
Program Director
Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation

Fahd Vahidy
Philanthropic Advisor
to Bill Graustein

Stephanye Clarke
Program Officer
Community Foundation
of Eastern CT

To sign up for the Philanthropy Professionals of Color Listserv or for more information, contact Bilal Tajildeen, manager of membership and culture.