By Henry Berman, Exponent Philanthropy
When events as horrific as what happened in Charlottesville erupt, many of us in philanthropy are struck with sadness, outrage, disgust, depression, shock, and terror.
While we take in all the information we can—especially the insights of trustworthy analysts and commentators—we ourselves start doing the usual punditry. We issue calls for action. We offer to provide more money and new programs to educate Americans and ourselves about hate groups, racism, and diversity. We make pledges to operate in new ways.
But let’s face it: If we really expect to make a difference, each of us needs to change how we act, and to better understand how our own biases too often get in the way of nonprofit and philanthropic leadership.
Henry Berman became Exponent Philanthropy’s CEO in 2011, previously serving as acting CEO, board member, and committee member. Through his experience as a foundation co-trustee and Exponent Philanthropy member since 2003, he brings a firsthand understanding of the needs of members to his role.