Peer Event

From Polarization to Collaboration: Philanthropy’s Role in Bridging Differences

Discuss why it is crucial for philanthropy to bridge differences while learning more about our new Bridging Differences Leadership Cohort in this 60-minute conversation. 

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Virtual on Zoom Platform


Free to Members and Nonmembers

Open to Grantmakers / Staff and Trustees of Grantmaking Organizations



To do our work well and uphold our promise to society, leaders in philanthropy must try to foster a sense of shared humanity, build common ground, and work collaboratively for the greater good. But how can we do that at a time of incredible division and mistrust? Join us for a conversation to discuss why it is so crucial for philanthropy to bridge differences and how we can build the skills and relationships necessary to do so. Facilitated by Dr. Allison Briscoe-Smith, Senior Fellow at UC Berkeley's Greater Good Science Center, this discussion will introduce specific tools and practices for bridging and feature a case study from the funders behind the New Pluralists, a funder collaborative committed to strengthening a culture of pluralism in America.  

Want to go deeper? Consider applying for the Bridging Differences Leadership Cohort


Dr. Allison Briscoe-Smith

Dr. Allison Briscoe-Smith
Senior Fellow
Greater Good Science Center

Jonathan Gruber

Jonathan Gruber
Strategy Lead, Building
Einhorn Collaborative

Branden Polk smiling

Rev. Branden Polk, MSW
Director Strategic Partnerships
Fellow, Free Speech and Peace, Stand Together

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Kristen Scott Kennedy

Vice President, Strategy and Organizational Effectiveness and Chief of Staff

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