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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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Race Equity and Inclusion Action Guide- Embracing Equity: 7 Steps to Advance and Embed Race Equity and Inclusion Within Your Organization

Publication date: 
01/2015

The seven steps in this guide provide a clear framework for how a race equity lens can be adopted by foundations or other organizations that work directly with systems, technical assistance providers and communities.

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Foundations Facilitate Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Partnering with Community and Nonprofits

Publication date: 
09/2014

Foundations Facilitate Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Partnering with Community and Nonprofits, a report by the OMG Center for Collaborative Learning, confirms that foundations can, in fact, facilitate diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) through their grantmaking processes and their partnerships with nonprofits—and identifies eight specific practices for foundations to emulate.

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A Time for Action: Mobilizing Philanthropic Support for Boys and Young Men of Color

Publication date: 
06/2014

Released in June 2014, this report lays out a vision and a bold plan of action to maximize the potential of philanthropy and the private sector to increase opportunity for boys and young men of color that benefits the entire country.

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Philanthropic Paths: An Exploratory Study of the Career Pathways of Professionals of Color in Philanthropy

Publication date: 
06/2014

Low levels of diversity in the senior ranks of foundations have proven to be a stubborn challenge for the field of philanthropy.  A report by Forward Change takes an important step toward a deeper understanding of the career pathways of professionals of color in philanthropy—how they enter foundations, how they advance across their careers, and what factors affect their advancement within the sector.

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Vision and Voice: The Role of Leadership and Dialogue in Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Publication date: 
04/2014

Despite a field replete with research, analysis, recommended policies and practices — not to mention an abundance of educational programs and frameworks for grantmaking to diverse communities — philanthropic leaders have been slow to advance these values in their foundations. Philanthropy Northwest (PNW) wondered: what is getting in the way? Why are good intentions, buttressed with theory and practical advice, not achieving better results on measures of diversity, equity and inclusion?

With the support of the D5 Coalition, PNW began a year-long study to explore these questions. The ...

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Peer Action Learning Network for Diversity and Inclusion

Publication date: 
10/2013
This report and the accompanying case studies share the experiences of a group of “early adopters” from within the Council of Michigan Foundation’s membership—Michigan foundations that have been deeply involved in efforts to transform their organizations’ internal cultures, policies, and practices, as well as their engagement with community stakeholders and partners. These leaders in advancing diversity and inclusion within the philanthropic sector all participated in Transforming Michigan Philanthropy through Diversity and Inclusion’s Diversity and Inclusion Peer Action Learning Network.
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A Growing Tradition? Examining the African American Family Foundation

Publication date: 
09/2010
African American family foundations have grown in number and in popularity, at least in part due to the fact that African Americans expressly prefer giving to organizations that are close to them and that aid their community.

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