Inclusive Economies Virtual Meeting: Policy, Power & People

December 1, 2021 – December 3, 2021 all-day America/New York Timezone


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Economic mobility and shared prosperity remain out of reach for too many people, notably Black, brown, Indigenous and other communities of color — stark inequities only worsened by the impacts of COVID.

As we continue to grapple with both an ongoing pandemic and systemic racism, philanthropy can play a key role in ensuring an equitable economic recovery that connects people and neighborhoods of color to employment and wealth-building opportunities.

TFN’s Inclusive Economies 2021 Virtual  Meeting: Policy, Power & People is an opportunity to explore how you can increase your impact as a funder in this unprecedented moment.

Our virtual meeting will offer funders an opportunity to:

  • Learn about the unprecedented federal investments — including the American Rescue Plan — as well as private commitments and community-driven models building more inclusive economies.
  • Better understand how to support ecosystems of actors and create systems change through capital, community organizing, advocacy and broader community development strategies.
  • Examine partnerships, policies, and grantmaking strategies that advance racial and economic justice.
  • Provide time for shared learning, funder discussion and exploring collaborative opportunities.
  • Network and connect with peers and partners in the sector.

We hope you’ll join us for this virtual meeting Dec. 1-3. Read on for agenda highlights and registration info.


This virtual event is open to donors, staff, directors and trustees of all grantmaking institutions and TFN partners. Please note the last day to register is Nov. 29.

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Individual Rates:

TFN Members: $199

Non-members: $299

Flat Group Rate:

Foundations with three or more registrations are eligible for a discounted flat group rate.

TFN Members (Group): $399

Non-members (Group): $499

We recognize that organizations are facing challenges during these uncertain times, so if cost is a barrier to participating in this event, please reach out to Hazel Paguaga at

Agenda Highlights

Our virtual gathering will bring together a diverse lineup of speakers and panelists from the philanthropic, nonprofit and government sectors over three days. (Click here to see the full event agenda.


Wednesday, Dec. 1
1 – 4:45 PM ET

We’ll kick off our first day with deep dives on potentially transformative federal legislation, including breakout sessions that explore the opportunities and challenges in driving equitable and inclusive economic growth in these unprecedented times. (Click here to see the full event agenda.


Michael McAfee
President and CEO, PolicyLink
Winning on Equity | 1:30 PM

During his time at PolicyLink, Michael has led efforts to improve outcomes for more than 300,000 and facilitated the investment of billions of dollars in neighborhoods of concentrated poverty.

He’ll share his vision of enacting liberating public policies targeted to the 100 million people living in or near poverty, the majority of whom are people of color, and how philanthropy can stand in transformative solidarity with others — and collectively chart a course to ‘Win on Equity.’

Sameera Fazili, Cecilia Muñoz & Helen Chin
Remaking the Economy: Bold Ideas, Bold Investments
& Equitable Solutions

Federal Policy Townhall | 4 PM

This Federal Policy Town Hall will explore the challenges and opportunities ahead to build an inclusive economy. This conversation will draw on lessons learned from previous moments of crisis and the role funders can play in leveraging private and civic resources to make substantial impact on racial equity.

Joining us in conversation (pictured above, from left):

Sameera Fazili, Deputy Assistant to the President and deputy Director, National Economic Council at The White House

Cecilia Muñoz, Senior Advisor, New America

Helen Chin, President, Communities First, and Senior Fellow, Amalgamated Foundation and Race Forward (moderator)

Thursday, Dec. 2

1 – 4:30 PM ET

Our second day together will focus on movement- and power-building efforts, with a focus on place-based learning. Among the day’s highlights: breakout sessions featuring four different U.S. communities, and how funders and partners are working to create more inclusive economies in these historically under-resourced rural, urban and tribal areas. Can’t pick just one? Don’t worry. We’ll offer a second round of these place-based breakout sessions later in the day! (Click here to see the full event agenda.)


Taifa Smith Butler
President, Demos
Inclusive Economies and Movement Building | 1:10 PM

Through cutting-edge policy research, inspiring litigation and deep relationships with grassroots organizations, Demos champions solutions that will create a democracy and economy rooted in racial equity.

Taifa came to Demos after nearly a decade at the Georgia Budget and Policy Institute, and brings more than 20 years of experience in strategic communications, public policy research and data analysis in the public, nonprofit and private sectors.


Connie RazzaSolana Rice & Taifa Smith Butler
Economic Democracy
Panel Discussion | 1:20 p.m.

This panel discussion will uplift strategists, organizers and frontline voices and explore how communities are navigating the promise of new investment and the perils of implementation.

Joining us in conversation (pictured above, from left):

Connie Razza, Executive Director, Social and Economic Justice Leaders Project

Solana Rice, Co-Executive Director, Liberation in a Generation

Taifa Smith Butler, President, Demos (moderator)

Friday, Dec. 3

1 – 3 PM ET

We’ll wrap up our virtual meeting with a working session for Inclusive Economies funders, including breakout sessions focused on priority-setting and action-planning.

Join us to help identify opportunities to learn and engage in the year ahead: What do we want to learn together? How do we want to learn? And how can we apply what we learn to drive equitable and inclusive economic opportunities?

(Click here to see the full event agenda.


About TFN’s Inclusive Economies

TFN’s Inclusive Economies working group brings place-based funders and related partners from across the sector together to build working relationships, advancing understanding of practices and policies that lead to inclusive prosperity, and taking joint action that drives the field forward.We apply a three-part focus — race, place and prosperity — to economic growth and development.A particular goal is connecting people and neighborhoods of color to employment and wealth-building opportunities through investment, systems change and policy reform.For more information, please contact Hazel Paguaga at