Like so many of your organizations, Foundant wants to more actively participate in the pursuit of justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion. To focus our work and give us direction, we created an internal team, now known as the “JEDIs.” The JEDI team conducted an in-depth assessment of our needs and the organizations available to meet those needs.
While Foundant is still in the early phases of this process, our team is clear on one immediate goal: elevate the voices of our clients that are already doing this important work to help others begin their own journey.
During our follow-up conversations with clients who are already engaging in this work, we heard common themes that emphasize the importance of defining terms, normalizing mistakes, and sharing ideas with each other—providing actionable ideas no matter where your organization is on this journey.
Defining diversity, equity and inclusion
The clients we spoke with shared a desire to define terms and establish common language to better engage their fellow staff members, stakeholders, and communities in this work.
Normalizing mistakes and showing up imperfectly
Many are scared of doing the wrong thing, saying the wrong thing, or causing more damage. However, change isn’t possible without having the conversation.
Sharing practical ideas
If your organization is just starting this work, it might be comforting to know that you are not alone.
Collaboration has always been key within the philanthropic community. This has never been more true as we face this great need for change, uncertainty or fear about how to begin, and limited resources.
Read the full article about equity and inclusion journey from Foundant Technologies at Exponent Philanthropy.