Now Launching: Racial Equity Framework

The Community Foundation’s Social Impact Institute launches the Racial Equity Framework, a three-part program providing nonprofit professionals and government partners tools for addressing race and racism, allyship, and organizational equity:

Part 1: The Onion Dialogues: an introductory workshop for nonprofit executives and board members to discuss and learn about race and racism (July-August 2020; registration now open, information below)

Part 2: Allyship: a workshop for nonprofit and local government professionals, providing participants with tools to become an ally for racial justice (September – October 2020; registration information coming soon).

Part 3: 360 Equity Review: two nonprofit organizations will be selected receive feedback and technical assistance related to equitable policies, practices, and decision-making (fall/winter 2020; applications will be released August 2020).

It is expected that organizations interested in the 360 Equity Review will have participated in both The Onion Dialogues and Allyship programs.

Now Accepting Registration: The Onion Dialogues

The Onion Dialogues, presented by Tamara Copeland and Amy Owen, provides nonprofit executives and Board members the opportunity to explore and normalize conversation about race. Just as an onion has many layers, The Onion Dialogues engages participants in a multi-faceted discussion about race. Exploring topics such as language, systemic racism throughout US history, microaggressions, white fragility, and more, Amy Owen and Tamara will lead participants through an interactive dialogue in this two-day introductory workshop

The Onion Dialogues will be delivered via Zoom.


Due to limited availability, The Onion Dialogues is only available to teams of two: nonprofit executive directors/CEO’s and Board members of nonprofits serving Loudoun County.

  • It is strongly encouraged that executive directors and a Board member attend together.
  • Only two participants per organization may attend (ideally, the executive director and a Board member).
  • Board members may only attend if your executive director also attends with you. If your organization does not have an executive director, then the Board Chair and another Board member are encouraged to attend together.
  • Participants must commit to attending both workshop days.
  • Due to the interactive nature of this program, it is requested that all participants use video while in Zoom; in other words, this workshop is not suitable for only calling in to participate.
  • Only 16 seats are available per workshop.

Dates and Registration

Participant fee is $35 (plus processing fees) per person. Participants select one of the following:

July 21 & 22, 2020 (9:00-11:30 a.m. both days) – SOLD OUT
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August 3 & 4, 2020 (9:00-11:30 a.m. both days) – SOLD OUT
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August 20 & 21, 2020 (9:00-11:30 a.m. both days)
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Amy Owen and Tamara Copeland

About the Presenters
Tamara Copeland recently retired from Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers after 12 years as president, thought leader, and visionary for the acclaimed initiative, Putting Racism on the Table. She has extensive background in policy development and nonprofit management. In 2018, her memoir was published, Daughters of the Dream: Eight Girls From Richmond who grew up in the Civil Rights Era. She posts a monthly blog by the same name exploring some aspect of her racial reality.

Amy Owen has background in teaching and nonprofit management. For more than 10 years, she managed and directed fundraising programs for the Appalachian Trail Conservancy based in Harpers Ferry, WV. She became executive director of the Eastern West Virginia Community Foundation from 2001-2012. Amy has served as President and CEO of the Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties since 2012.