Earlier this year, AFN showcased our new Relief to Resilience: Reimagining Investments framework that featured funding strategies to support equitable wealth building and economic mobility now and over the long-term.  On July 29, 2021 we held a follow-up conversation with leading funders – The California Wellness Foundation, Con Alma Health Foundation, and Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation – to home in on systemic solutions for economic equity and dignity.

We need radical change to ensure economic security for all.  Now is the time for philanthropy to lead the way by intentionally investing in structural change using an equity lens.  Economic equity calls for addressing the structural racism and sexism embedded in our economy from its beginning.  A just economy aims to remedy trans-generational financial disparities for women and Black, Latinx, Indigenous, and Asian people.  Change also involves collaborating across all sectors and listening deeply to community leaders.

  • What does it look like to invest in solutions that create infrastructure for economic resilience for all or dismantle what perpetuates inequity?
  • How have funders applied an equity lens to investing in systems change, and what have they learned?



Rev. Cory Anderson, Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation
Christi Baker, 
Asset Funders Network
Denise Herrera, Con Alma Health Foundation
Jeffrey S. Kim, The California Wellness Foundation