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Emergency Funder Briefing:

The Dangers of Ignoring the Disinformation Campaign Against Critical Race Theory 

THURSDAY, JULY 22, 2021 3:00PM - 4:00PM EST

As we listen to the loud and steady drumbeat of attacks on efforts to combat systemic racism through the distortion of Critical Race Theory, anti-racist education and even the intent of "DEI" programming, progressive funders might have been tempted to ignore these lies as so exaggerated and patently false, thinking that they warranted little to no serious response.

However, as we have witnessed efforts to enact censorship bans take root in more than twenty states, it is clear that funders need to recognize this latest threat as part of a familiar racial backlash playbook and invest to tackle it more directly. It is imperative that we all have clarity of understanding about these attacks and the formidable conservative infrastructure behind it as well as the talking points to counter them yourself or within your leadership roles to be effective with your own board members.

Join the Philanthropic Initiative for Racial Equity (PRE) and ABFE - A Philanthropic Partnership for Black Communities to learn directly from some of the leading voices and organizations battling this current attack on racial equity & racial justice on national, state & local levels.


We look forward to providing critical tools to persuade your organization's key decision-makers to understand the moment we are currently confronting and to align organizational policies and priorities accordingly.



Susan Taylor Batten


Susan Taylor Batten is president and chief executive officer of ABFE: A Philanthropic Partnership for Black Communities. ABFE (established in 1971 as the Association of Black Foundation Executives) is a membership-based philanthropic organization that advocates for responsive and transformative investments in Black communities. Since joining ABFE in 2009, Batten has led the organization’s philanthropic advising and programming on responsive philanthropy in Black communities for foundation leaders, donors and aligned partners.

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Lori Villarosa


Lori has been a pioneer working consistently at the intersection of racial justice and philanthropy for nearly 30 years, engaging with thousands of funders at the community level, regionally, nationally and internationally to increase resources to combat systemic racism. As the founder and executive director of the Philanthropic Initiative for Racial Equity (PRE), she works with a diverse board of racial justice leaders and movement partners to significantly shift grantmaking practices.

Kimberlé W. Crenshaw is a pioneering scholar and writer on civil rights, critical race theory, Black feminist legal theory, and race, racism and the law. Crenshaw’s work has been foundational in critical race theory and in “intersectionality,” a term she coined to describe the double bind of simultaneous racial and gender prejudice.

She is co-founder and Executive Director of the African American Policy Forum (AAPF). AAPF is the intersectional think tank behind #SayHerName, #BlackGirlsMatter and



Kimberlé W. Crenshaw

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Dennis Chin

Vice President of Narrative, Arts, and Culture at the new Race Forward; the union of two leading racial justice non-profit organizations:

Race Forward and Center for Social Inclusion (CSI).

In addition, Dennis serves as an organizational trainer/presenter, specializing in 1) the basics of structural racial inequity and 2) communicating effectively about structural racial inequity. 


Eric Ward

A nationally-recognized expert on the relationship between authoritarian movements, hate violence, and preserving inclusive democracy, Eric brings over 30 years of leadership in community organizing and philanthropy to his roles as Western States Center’s Executive Director and Senior Fellow with Southern Poverty Law Center and Race Forward.