The intentional inclusion of diverse perspectives leads to better decision making, more equitable outcomes, and a greater philanthropic impact. That is why we are committed to cultivating a culture that advances diversity, equity and inclusion within our organization and among our community.

It isn’t enough to just talk about embracing diversity, equity, and inclusion practices; change requires action. We are a small staff and board, and together we are taking steps to educate ourselves individually and collectively on issues of equity, while also implementing policies to build a culture that advances diversity, equity, and inclusion within our organization and our community. These initiatives include:

  • Organizing staff and board trainings on racial equity in partnership with: Borealis Philanthropy, ABFE, Service Never Sleeps, and others.
  • Engaging a diverse group of speakers to share their expertise at conferences and programs
  • Creating definitions of “diversity, equity, and inclusion”
  • Participating in the Racial Equity in Philanthropy (REP) Fund cohort
  • Refining internal policies, hiring practices and position postings
  • Reviewing and refining our brand guide to ensure it is consistent with our strategic plan and is reflective of our inclusive values
  • Developing conferences, programs and resources that encourage lean funders to evaluate their impact with an equity lens
  • Sharing best practices in our community through member stories

Read the full article about DEI at Exponent Philanthropy.