Equity in Practice: A Conversation with the Grunin Foundation - Exponent Philanthropy

Equity in Practice: A Conversation with the Grunin Foundation

1:45-2:00 pm – Join us 15 minutes early to get comfortable with the platform. The program will begin at 2:00 pm.

Join us to learn how one foundation is putting equity ideals into concrete practices. Whether you’ve been a part of an allyship training or have been having conversations with your board and/or staff about equitable practices in your work, listen in as two staff and a board member of the Grunin Foundation talk about what equity practices mean for their work.

Grantmakers must be intentional about equity and inclusion within their boards, governance, and funding efforts to make an outsized and lasting impact in their communities and issue areas. The journey towards equitable grantmaking is not merely about ticking boxes; it’s a transformative process that demands introspection, learning, and action. While adopting equitable practices serves as a crucial starting point, it represents just the tip of the iceberg in dismantling systemic racism within philanthropic endeavors.

The Grunin Foundation “believes it is essential to our mission to find meaningful ways to integrate Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging (EDIB) in everything [they] do.”


Heather Barberi
Heather (she/her) is currently the executive director of the Grunin Foundation, a private family philanthropic foundation whose mission is to provide holistic support through funding, capacity building, and coalition building to organizations that have a shared vision of an equitable, just, and vibrant Central Jersey Shore.  Heather brings over 20 years of experience in philanthropy, fundraising, marketing, strategic development, and management to her work with the Grunin Foundation.
Vicki Fernandez
Vicki came to the Central Jersey Shore in November 2022. Before Grunin, she was a nonprofit generalist working in the sector for 20 years in a variety of roles including leadership, training, support, programming, community engagement, and communications. She also co-founded the nonprofit Professionals of Color. She has a deep love for the arts, NJ, campfires, and ideation.
Jeremy Grunin
For over 10 years, Jeremy has been actively engaged throughout the community as president of the Grunin Foundation, a proactive grantmaker focused on economic growth at the Central Jersey Shore. He is also a partner of Grunin Holdings, LLC., a New Jersey partnership specializing in investing in third party commercial ventures.

This program uses Zoom; captioning is available. We can provide accommodations upon request (e.g. ASL interpreter). Please contact info@exponentphilanthropy.org or call 202-580-6560 by July 17 if you need any accommodations.