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News & Press: From the President

PGGNE is calling for volunteers or recommendations for a Diversity Task Force

Monday, July 13, 2020  
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To all past, present, and future members of our PGGNE community,


Like the many important institutions we represent through our professional work, your PGGNE Executive Board recognizes the historic, multiple crises the world now confronts. The shocking recent deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Rayshard Brooks and others at the hands of police have galvanized demands for social justice and police reform in the U.S. and many other countries. At the same time, COVID-19 remains a global threat that has highlighted the impacts of structural racism on the health and financial security of our fellow Americans.


Your PGGNE Executive Board unequivocally joins these calls for justice and condemns structural racism and the violence resulting from it.


As part of our annual board retreat held virtually over the past weeks, we had a thoughtful and wide-ranging discussion about ways PGGNE can respond to structural racism in actions as well as words. We acknowledge the lack of diversity in PGGNE’s membership and leadership, and in our profession overall, and understand how this lack of representation provides both challenges and opportunities for PGGNE as we move into the future.


As a first step, the Executive Board has approved the creation of a Diversity Task Force; Anna Fravel, Membership Secretary, will serve as a co-chair and we are actively recruiting an additional co-chair and members. The Task Force’s initial charge is two-fold:

  1. To identify and pursue strategies that increase the diversity of PGGNE’s membership and leadership
  2. To identify and offer meaningful programming
    addressing issues of structural racism as it affects our organizations, our work as fundraisers, and the lives of our donors, colleagues, clients and the communities we serve.

The Board has also committed to direct all gifts made in our speakers’ names during the 2020-2021 program year to charitable organizations that are fighting against social injustice and racism in our country. If there are organizations you would like to recommend, please include them in your feedback via the link If you would like to participate in the work of the Diversity Task Force or have ideas you wish to share about its work, please let us know as well – we welcome your participation and feedback.


PGGNE will also continue to prioritize the health and well-being of its membership, speakers, friends, and colleagues. While we plan for this coming year’s programming, we would like to hear from you. If you have suggestions or ideas about how PGGNE can respond constructively to these crises, please include them in your suggestions through the link indicated above.


In the coming weeks you can expect to hear from us again as we plan fall programming and identify more ways our organization can be part of the work to create positive change in our society.




Ericka L. Webb

PGGNE President


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