Julia Beatty

Program Officer, Black-Led Movement Fund, Borealis Philanthropy

Julia Beatty joins the Black-Led Movement Fund at Borealis Philanthropy with an extensive background in community organizing, racial justice advocacy, donor organizing and intermediary philanthropy. She formerly served as the Director of Programs for the Twenty-First Century Foundation, which was a 40-year old Black-led intermediary philanthropy that provided multi-year, general support to grassroots organizations based in Black communities and led by Black people. Julia has most recently worked with national policy organizations to build the organizational and leadership capacity necessary to create and sustain community change. She is the former Director of Grants Development, Evaluation and Communication for the W. Haywood Burns Institute, a national training intermediary that aims to eliminate structural racism within juvenile justice systems. She has also worked with the Center for Social Inclusion to deepen the structural racism analysis of leaders in advocacy organizations and assist them in crafting racially equitable policy strategies on infrastructure issues critical to communities of color. As a funder, Julia’s work after Hurricane Katrina resulted in $4 million in new grants and organizational development resources to local Black-led organizations engaged in racially equitable community transformation efforts in the Gulf Coast. Julia holds a Bachelors of Arts in Journalism from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and a Masters of Public Administration from New York University. She lives in Harlem, NYC with her wife and two Jack Russell Terriers.

Julia is speaking at

July 1, 2020
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm


  • Alison Corwin (NFG Board Chair) Senior Program Officer, Sustainable Environments, Surdna Foundation
  • Amoretta Morris (NFG Board Member) Director, National Community Strategies, The Annie E. Casey Foundation
  • Manuela Arciniegas (MC) Director, Andrus Family Fund
  • Dimple Abichandani (Speaker) Executive Director, General Service Foundation
  • Julia Beatty (Speaker) Program Officer, Black-Led Movement Fund, Borealis Philanthropy
  • Anna Fink (Speaker) Executive Director, Amalgamated Foundation
  • Jerry Maldonado (Speaker) Director, Cities and States, Ford Foundation
  • Renata Peralta (Speaker) Program Officer for the Open Places Initiative, Open Society Foundations


Plenary 2

NFG is continuing our 2020 virtual convening series with a plenary session on Accountability and Philanthropy’s Role. Join us to hear from grantmakers whose institutions are modeling how we must rethink systems and grantmaking strategies to be accountable to Black, Indigenous, and people of color communities and low-income communities. We will share how and why philanthropy must be bold and show up differently for frontline communities that are rising up against state violence, continuing to grapple with the COVID-19 public health and economic crisis, and working to dismantle oppressive systems to transform our communities & world.

Session Time: 9-10:30am PT / 10-11:30am MT / 11am-12:30pm CT / 12-1:30pm ET

Note: This session is intended for foundation staff and trustees, donors, philanthropic affinity group staff, and invited speakers.

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