INTERNALIZING
RACIAL EQUITY

We are guided by our racial equity and justice value in everything from our hiring and benefits policies to our vendor selection practices.

Our impact can go far beyond grantmaking. To dismantle structural racism, we must be deliberate in our grantmaking, investing, operations, and thought leadership. We strive for all our partners to be values-aligned and have a demonstrable commitment to racial equity. As part of our commitment to racial equity and justice, we invest in Black, Indigenous, and People of Color-led businesses and vendors whenever possible.

SPOTLIGHT ON OUR OCIO

BIVIUM WESTFULLER

Bivium Westfuller is a multi-racial, gender diverse, independent and objective investment advisory and wealth management group. Drawing from deep investment expertise, maximizing assets for social and financial returns, and leveraging diverse perspectives, BWF orchestrates multifaceted investment strategies to advance progress and possibility in the world.

BWF is +95% BIPOC Owned and Operated and 25% Women and LGBTQ+ Owned and Operated.

SPOTLIGHT ON OUR BANKING PARTNER

CITY FIRST BANK

City First Bank is the largest Black-led Minority Depository Institution in the U.S with $1.2 billion in assets. The Bank’s founders in Los Angeles and Washington, DC were local leaders who saw a need in the community for a bank that addressed the lack of access to capital for historically excluded and disinvested urban minority-majority communities: Broadway Federal Savings and Loans’ founding in 1946 in Los Angeles was in response to a lack of capital for homeownership among African American soldiers returning from World War II; the idea for City First Bank was seeded in a church basement in Washington, D.C. nearly fifty years later where committed community members gathered to develop a solution for the same persistent lack of access to financial services for minority communities. The two banks merged in 2021 with a shared commitment to advancing racial equity, diversity, and inclusion in their founding vision, and strategic execution.

SPOTLIGHT ON OUR LEGAL COUNSEL

LOEB & LOEB

Founded in 1909, Loeb & Loeb is a premier law firm focused on helping organizations and individuals innovate, grow and evolve in a changing world. Their market leading practice and industry teams deliver practical insights and strategic solutions in complex deals and investments, high-profile disputes, cutting-edge regulatory issues and other matters critical to our clients’ success. The firm has approximately 450 lawyers, across eight offices in the U.S. and Asia, including in Washington, DC.

As a multi-service law firm, Loeb represents a wide range of businesses, brands and nonprofit organizations, as well as high net worth individuals and families. Their leading national Nonprofits and Tax-Exempt Organizations practice specifically helps nonprofit organizations, including private foundations like the Weissberg Foundation, grow, innovate and advance their missions, delivering efficient and creative solutions. The Foundation’s engagement with Loeb & Loeb is led by Diara M. Holmes, Co-Chair of the Non-Profit and Tax-Exempt Organizations Practice, and Partner, Kimberly Eney.

SPOTLIGHT ON OUR WEBSITE DESIGNERS

TALOOKA STUDIO

Talooka Studio is a visual identity studio based out of Washington, DC providing design solutions in the form of logos, websites, annual reports, campaign designs, and much more. We believe design is a tool that can tell stories, win hearts, and inspire action.

Talooka Studio is a Black and Women-owned studio and we work with other Black designers, copywriters, developers, etc that identify as Black and/or woman-owned.

Tamara Copeland
Tamara Copeland

(she/her)
Chair, Independent Trustee

In 2019, Tamara retired as president of the Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers where she envisioned and implemented “Putting Racism on the Table”. Currently, she co-facilitates The Onion Dialogues, a racial justice training. In 2018, her memoir, Daughters of the Dream: Eight Girls from Richmond who grew up in the Civil Rights Era was published. Her latest book is REVEALED: A Once a Week Reading on Racism, Prejudice and Bias. She loves walking and traveling, having visited all fifty states and countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, and South America.