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Kick-Off Meeting Prep

We would love your input in preparation for our June 2 meeting.
At the end of the form you can take a look at the the scope of work and methodology planned.

Scope of work

HRFN is working with a Research Consultant to develop a guiding framework to help funders understand and recognize oppression based on race and ethnicity. This framework should be reflective of a broad range of global movements and contexts and will be in the form of a written report (approx 15-25 pages). The report should include:
1. Proposed definition(s) for racial and ethnic justice. This is the core of the framework and should help guide HRFN’s work to track and mobilize grant resources to counter oppression based on race and ethnicity and uplift movements leading transformative organizing around the world.
  • This may include a single umbrella definition with several sub-categories or be a series of definitions, but should clearly define what is – and is not – considered racial and ethnic justice.
  • Of note, HRFN will work collaboratively to refine this framework with our community over the coming year. It should also be something we can operationalize for future funding analysis and advocacy.
2. Glossary of key terms relevant to a global view of oppression and transformative organizing based on race and ethnicity, including terms such as racial justice, anti-racism, anti-Blackness, colonization and imperialism, caste, colorism, de-brahmanization, BIPOC, Indigenous peoples, etc.;

3. 5-10 brief case studies that illustrate a global range of activism related to racial justice and ethnic justice.
  • These should show the ways in which activism is context-specific, but also rooted in shared histories of oppression and resistance based on race and ethnicity.
  • These could include movements for Black lives, Dalit rights movements, Papuan Lives Matter, global Black feminist organizing, Afro-Latinx movements, Indigenous movements globally or in specific contexts, etc.
  • Where relevant, highlight the role of philanthropy. This could include examples where funders have supported movements and/or illustrate challenges in securing funding.
4. Annotated bibliography of key resources related to racial and ethnic justice that will help funders understand the concepts in diverse contexts.


  • Undertake an independent literature review to: 1) identify existing resources that define oppression and resistance based on race and/or ethnicity, and 2) provide background for the case studies.
  • Meet with HRFN’s global racial justice advisory council to refine research approach and timelines; develop a methodology, including potential case studies; and determine interview participant list.
  • Conduct 8-10 in-depth interviews (may include members of HRFN’s global racial justice advisory council), and 2-3 focus groups with advisory council members.
  • Present preliminary definition and case studies for review by the advisory council and refine collaboratively for the final report.
  • Provide one review of the designed draft (developed by HRFN’s team) to ensure imagery and final product are reflective of the findings.
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