Our goal is an Arlington community where we can talk about race in our homes, schools and workplaces, and thus interrupt racism. The Board is working on a 5-year plan to expand Challenging Racism and gain outside funding and grants for this expansion.

However, applying for grants can take months or even years.  We urgently need funding to continue our work. We lack money to continue training new facilitators and reaching more people with Challenging Racism’s unique method of using facts, stories and conversations to bring people together to understand racism and stand against it.  

Dollars help and so do contacts.  Do you know any local or family foundations, businesses or institutions who might have an interest in funding Challenging Racism’s work or partnering to use our conversations? Please send your suggestions.

Any support you can give is deeply appreciated.

Marty Swaim and the Challenging Racism Board: 
Alicia Puente Cackley, Monique Brown, Moira Muccio Secrest, Nancy Brown, Michele Chang, Renee Gutshall, Tish Jenkins, and Leah Maderal

Support Challenging Racism

We invite you to help Challenging Racism expand and provide conversations on race and racism in more places for more people. In the past four years, Challenging Racism has worked hard to train new facilitators to host more workshops that empower people to have difficult conversations and confront racism, and our bank account is running low. 

  • From 2004 to 2013, we held 1 Challenging Racism: Learning How conversation per year.  
  • In 2017, we hosted 4 Challenging Racism: Learning How conversations and still had a waitlist of 50+ people. 
  • We hope to be able to host 7 Challenging Racism: Learning How conversations in 2018, and then 11 in 2019, increasing our outreach every year. 

How to Donate

Challenging Racism is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. EIN: 81-2305195

By Check

  • Make checks out to “Challenging Racism”

  • Mail to:
    Challenging Racism
    PO Box 4743
    ​Arlington VA 22204

  • Checks are prefered, since Challenging Racism receives the full amount of your donation.  We will send you receipt for your taxes.

By Credit Card

Your gift of:    


  • $50 - Buys all materials for one Challenging Racism: Learning How participant
  • $100 - Pays the cost of three Challenging Racism: Learning How workbooks 
  • $800 - Buys all materials for one Challenging Racism: Learning How conversation
  • $3000 - Pays for a full scholarship for one new facilitator to attend the Challenging Racism: Learning to Lead training 
  • $11,000 - Pays for all facilitation costs for a full Challenging Racism: Learning How conversation

Any contribution is welcome!