The Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties now offers 2-3 nonprofit organizations the opportunity to undertake a Racial Equity Audit, as the final phase of this year’s Racial Equity Framework program.

Selected organizations will work with consultant Tamara Copeland to review and assess organizational norms, systems, policies, and practices, that will culminate in a report with observations and recommendations as they pertain to organizational goals of racial equity. This audit is intended to reveal the invisibility of disparate treatment of people of color, the potential role of the participating organizations in maintaining that reality, and to shape a course toward more equitable treatment and, hopefully, more equitable outcomes for the individuals served by our nonprofit community.

Selected organizations will be required to contribute $250 of the consulting fees for these professional services valued at approximately $4,500 per organization.

Application Deadline
Application and supporting documents must be submitted electronically via email to Nicole Acosta at [email protected] on or before January 8, 2021 5:00 p.m. (subject line: Racial Equity Audit Application). The Community Foundation will accept applications on a rolling basis until the deadline; earlier submissions are encouraged.

Download Application and Guidelines
Download the document below to access the full program description, eligibility guidelines, and application form:

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Tamara Copeland

About the Consultant
Tamara Lucas Copeland has more than 30 years of executive leadership experience. She knows how to lead a nonprofit organization to effectively address its mission. She has also worked in government, at the local, state, regional and national levels. She recognizes that leadership is not a solo undertaking but work that involves partnerships. She knows that leadership does not always happen visibly from the front, but often occurs as part of a collaboration or as a backroom facilitator/stage setter/cheerleader for change. Over the last three years, Copeland has focused extensively on racial equity. She envisioned and led a groundbreaking initiative at the Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers to educate and empower the local philanthropic sector to address racial inequity. The initiative, “Putting Racism on the Table” received significant positive recognition locally and nationally and has been attributed with jumpstarting racial equity work in the region and in other parts of the country. She is also the author of Daughters of the Dream: Eight Girls from Richmond Who Grew Up in the Civil Rights Era. This memoir chronicles the life of Copeland and seven of her friends as they negotiated, and continue to negotiate, race and racism in America. She also authors a monthly blog by the same title, that is intended to reveal how she experiences America as a Black woman.

About the Racial Equity Framework
The Community Foundation launched the Racial Equity Framework in 2020, offering a three-part program providing nonprofit professionals and government partners tools for addressing race and racism, allyship, and organizational equity. Past programs of the Racial Equity Framework include The Onion Dialogues workshop series, presented by Amy Owen and Tamara Copeland, and Allyship workshops, presented by Whitney Parnell, CEO and Founder of Service Never Sleeps. The Racial Equity Audit is the capstone to 2020’s programming.