Team Rubicon Selected to Participate in the Advancing Racial Equity Community of Practice initiative

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The Advancing Racial Equity Community of Practice is a six month-project in which Team Rubicon will work with The Bridgespan Group to support our journey to advance racial equity, both in our organization and in our work

"As we assist global communities before, during and after disasters and crises, it is crucial to have an equitable lens with our efforts."

Team Rubicon is excited to announce our participation in a new community of practice with other nonprofit organizations focused on advancing racial equity. Over the next six months, leaders from across the organization will work with The Bridgespan Group to strengthen our approach to advancing racial equity both internally and in our external work. The Advancing Racial Equity Community of Practice, led by The Bridgespan Group, is funded by the Walmart Foundation.

“Team Rubicon is proud to be included in this project with the Bridgespan Group to advance racial equity across our organization. As we assist global communities before, during and after disasters and crises, it is crucial to have an equitable lens with our efforts,” said Art delaCruz, CEO of Team Rubicon. “We are thankful for the support of the Bridgespan Group and Walmart Foundation to create a more equitable environment at nonprofits across the globe.”

Team Rubicon is participating in the cohort alongside nine organizations American Red Cross, Center for the Future of Arizona, Education Design Lab, Goodwill Industries International, National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD), The National FFA Organization, The Recycling Partnership, Winrock International, and World Wildlife Fund. The Walmart Foundation is providing philanthropic funding to Team Rubicon. The funding will assist in supporting Team Rubicon as we collaborate with others to share best practices and learnings on our work to prioritize equity.

“We can make a greater impact when we come together to support each other’s journeys to advance racial equity,” said Kirstie Sims, Senior Director, Center for Racial Equity. “We heard from many nonprofit organizations we work with, at varying sizes and points in their racial equity journey, that they wanted to learn and share best practices, knowledge and challenges with others. The Bridgespan Group’s leadership of the Advancing Racial Equity Community of Practice provides that space.”

About Team Rubicon:
Team Rubicon is a veteran-led humanitarian organization that serves global communities before, during, and after disasters and crises. Founded following the Haiti earthquake in 2010, the organization has grown to more than 150,000 volunteers across the United States and has launched over 1,100 operations domestically and internationally. To drive equity across disaster and humanitarian services, Team Rubicon focuses on three areas of impact: disaster services- from mitigation to immediate response to recovery; rebuild services- maintaining the fabric of communities through resilient building methods; and international services- providing emergent and surge medical services, WASH, and disaster risk reduction. Visit for more information.

About The Bridgespan Group:
The Bridgespan Group ( is a global nonprofit that collaborates with social change organizations, philanthropists, and impact investors to make the world more equitable and just. Bridgespan’s services include strategy consulting and advising, sourcing and diligence, and leadership team support. We take what we learn from this work and build on it with original research, identifying best practices and innovative ideas to share with the social sector. We work from locations in Boston, Johannesburg, Mumbai, New York, San Francisco, and Singapore.

About Philanthropy at Walmart: represents the philanthropic efforts of Walmart and the Walmart Foundation. By leaning in where our business has unique strengths, the Walmart Foundation works to tackle key social issues and collaborate with others to spark long-lasting systemic change. Walmart has stores in 27 countries, employing more than 2 million associates and doing business with thousands of suppliers who, in turn, employ millions of people. is helping people live better by supporting programs that work to accelerate upward job mobility for frontline workers, address hunger and make healthier, more sustainably-grown food a reality, and build strong communities where Walmart operates.

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