Get Lit: FSG's Awakening to Privilege

This article was originally published on February 20, 2018, at FSG.

We loved the transparency displayed here, especially how the team at FSG acknowledges there is much to learn in doing this work. Awakening to privilege is something we all must do, and we're encouraged that conversations like these are happening, especially given the current climate in our country.

Over the past several years, FSG has made a number of changes to bring greater focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion principles into the work we do with our clients, partners, and communities. We are early in our journey and are sharing our experiences in the spirit of learning—both for us and for other organizations that may similarly be early in their own efforts to focus more on equity as part of social change.

In this blog series, we highlight what is surfacing as we go—internally within FSG and how this is showing up in our work. We are grateful for the guidance so many in the field are sharing and look forward to continued dialogue with and learning from all of you who are working in pursuit of just and equitable outcomes for all people.

Having been part of FSG for more than 7 years, I have seen some of the most critical aspects of what I call “FSG’s awakening to privilege” and I want to share some reflections on this journey. Many white-led, upper-middle-class institutions in philanthropy, including FSG, are exploring how they can authentically embed equity in their practices. As a professional with social justice values working in one of these privileged institutions, I believe our organizations have the responsibility to share their journeys, learn from each other, and listen to those who have been doing social justice work for decades.

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