Team Rubicon Selected to Participate inthe Advancing Racial Equity Communityof Practice initiative

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.

LOS ANGELES, CA, Feb. 28. 2023 — Team Rubicon is excited to announce our participation in a new community of practice with other nonprofitorganizations focused on advancing racial equity. Over the next six months, leadersfrom across the organization will work with The Bridgespan Group to strengthen ourapproach to advancing racial equity both internally and in our external work. TheAdvancing Racial Equity Community of Practice, led by The Bridgespan Group, is fundedby the Walmart Foundation.

“Team Rubicon is proud to be included in this project with the Bridgespan Group toadvance 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 ourefforts,” said Art delaCruz, CEO of Team Rubicon. “We are thankful for the support ofthe Bridgespan Group and Walmart Foundation to create a more equitable environmentat 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. Thefunding will assist in supporting Team Rubicon as we collaborate with others to sharebest practices and learnings on our work to prioritize equity.

“We can make a greater impact when we come together to support each other’sjourneys to advance racial equity,” said Kirstie Sims, Senior Director, Walmart.orgCenter 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 andshare best practices, knowledge and challenges with others. The Bridgespan Group’sleadership of the Advancing Racial Equity Community of Practice provides that space.”

About Team Rubicon 

Team Rubicon is a veteran-led humanitarian organization that serves globalcommunities before, during, and after disasters and crises. Founded following the Haitiearthquake in 2010, the organization has grown to more than 150,000 volunteersacross the United States and has launched over 1,100 operations domestically andinternationally. To drive equity across disaster and humanitarian services, Team Rubiconfocuses on three areas of impact: disaster services- from mitigation to immediateresponse to recovery; rebuild services- maintaining the fabric of communities throughresilient building methods; and international services- providing emergent and surgemedical services, WASH, and disaster risk reduction. Visit for more information. 

About The Bridgespan Group 

The Bridgespan Group ( is a global nonprofit thatcollaborates with social change organizations, philanthropists, and impact investors tomake the world more equitable and just. Bridgespan’s services include strategyconsulting and advising, sourcing and diligence, and leadership team support. We takewhat we learn from this work and build on it with original research, identifying bestpractices and innovative ideas to share with the social sector. We work from locationsin Boston, Johannesburg, Mumbai, New York, San Francisco, and Singapore.

About Philanthropy at Walmart represents the philanthropic efforts of Walmart and the WalmartFoundation. By leaning in where our business has unique strengths, the WalmartFoundation 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 2million associates and doing business with thousands of suppliers who, in turn, employmillions of people. is helping people live better by supporting programsthat work to accelerate upward job mobility for frontline workers, address hunger andmake healthier, more sustainably-grown food a reality, and build strong communitieswhere Walmart operates.

Media Contact:

Devon Miller, Team Rubicon
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