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Racial Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

The Forum has a strategic focus on advancing racial equity, diversity and inclusion in philanthropy by leveraging the power of our expanding nationwide network of regional and national philanthropy-serving organizations (PSOs). 

We provide programming on racial equity, diversity and inclusion for people working at PSOs through our annual conference, webinars and in other ways. We are also focused on helping PSOs provide funders with effective resources, programming and strategies to advance racial equity, diversity and inclusion in philanthropy, guided by a new Racial Equity Working Group.

The Forum was a partner in the D5 coalition, a five-year effort organized by a coalition of foundations and associations to galvanize philanthropy’s work on diversity, equity and inclusion. D5 sought to leverage the collective knowledge, experience, and action of more than 17 organizations, representing thousands of foundations. 

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Engaging Diverse Communities

The guide shares and explains the experiences of several institutions that broadened their donor bases, services, and programs by reaching out to diverse communities. The publication focuses on the African American, Asian American, Latino, and Native American communities
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Diversity, Inclusion and Effective Philanthropy

This guide from Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors suggests that funders can make their grantmaking more responsive and efficient by combining the concepts of diversity and inclusion with basic due diligence.
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Gender Transformative Philanthropy

Attention to the role of gender is most useful with programs that seek to change unhealthy behaviors, such as reproductive health and teen pregnancy, gender-based violence, substance abuse and educational under-achievement. This guide suggests that funders can work to improve program outcomes by helping the funding community and grantees recognize how men and women are affected by disparities in social expectations, such as codes of manhood and womanhood.
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Demographic Data Collection

Insight, Impact, and Equity – Collecting Demographic Data Report

There is great interest among grantmakers in demographic data, but no consensus or shared purpose yet on what data should be collected and how it should be used. This preliminary research on demographic data collection serves to create a baseline understanding of where the field is in demographic data collection that covers both the process of data collection and current use of demographic data.

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Think Tank: Equitable Evaluation Initiative

Resources from a concurrent session during the 2019 Forum Annual Conference in Cleveland, OH that featured Jara Dean-Coffey of Luminare Group and Equitable Evaluation Initiative who discussed what is happening with Equitable Evaluation and what can be done to continue to move toward implementing it into our work. This session highlighted strategies to implement, and encourage foundation members to make use of equitable evaluations. 

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Advancing Racial Equity in Philanthropy Workshop

Resources from a concurrent session during the 2019 Forum Annual Conference in Cleveland, OH that was facilitated by Change Elemental who led a two-part workshop on how to apply an equity framework to one's work in order to advance their awareness and understanding and strengthen engagement in equity-based approaches and practices. 

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