July 2022—

The 2022 Forum Annual Conference is unlike any other event in the philanthropy sector. It is the only event that brings together people from all of the country’s philanthropy associations and networks—philanthropy-serving organizations (PSOs) that play a key role in advancing, convening, mobilizing, informing and supporting the field.

The Forum’s 2022 Annual Conference is the ONLY conference where you can connect with your Forum colleagues engaged in the same type of work as you. You’ll be inspired by a roster of engaging keynote speakers; build your skills in key functional areas for PSOs; have plenty of structured and informal time to network with your peers, and have several opportunities to explore Seattle.

As the Forum network has continued to grow in size and scope over the past few years, our annual conference has become an increasingly vital event for sparking and strengthening new PSO connections and partnerships, sharing and exploring new ideas for our field, and building our personal skills as effective PSO leaders. Don’t miss it!

On the evening of July 19, UPF, in collaboration with MIF will host Clips and Conversations: Who We Are: A Chronicle of Racism in America

Who We Are Feature Film Promo

In the feature film, Who We Are: A Chronicle of Racism in America, Robinson faces his largest audience, asking all of us to examine who we are, where we come from, and who we want to be. Anchored by Robinson’s Juneteenth Town Hall performance, the film interweaves historical and present-day archival footage, Robinson’s personal story, and vérité and interview footage capturing Robinson’s meetings with Black change-makers and eyewitnesses to history. From a hanging tree in Charleston, South Carolina, to a walking tour of the origins of slavery in colonial New York, to the site of a 1947 lynching in rural Alabama, the film brings history to life, exploring the enduring legacy of white supremacy and our collective responsibility to overcome it.

In Who We Are: A Chronicle of Racism in America, Robinson shows us how legalized discrimination and state-sanctioned brutality, murder, dispossession, and disenfranchisement continued long after slavery ended, profoundly impeding Black Americans’ ability to create and accumulate wealth as well as to gain access to jobs, housing, education, and health care. Weaving heartbreak, humor, passion, and rage, Robinson’s words lay bare an all-but-forgotten past, as well as our shared responsibility to create a better country in our lifetimes.

Who We Are: A Chronicle of Racism in America was written by Jeffery Robinson, and directed by Emily Kunstler and Sarah Kunstler.


  • Alex Jakana, Program Officer for Global Media Partnerships, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation & Media Impact Funders board member