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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

We believe it is imperative that philanthropy understands, reflects and responds to the growing diversity within our communities to deliver greater impact with our work.

Through our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) work, we promote philanthropy’s ability and commitment to including diverse people in decision-making processes, promoting fair and impartial practices, and endorsing the equitable distribution of resources.

While diversity can be defined in many ways, DEI focuses specifically on people who have been historically marginalized, including individuals of different races, ethnicities and physical abilities, members of the LGBT community and women. You can learn more about DEI in philanthropy at the D5 Coalition.

In 2013 we formed a task force to explore ways to increase awareness of and support for DEI issues in philanthropy. The resulting action plan and an implementation team continue to guide our efforts in this area. Philanthropy Network's Board approved Diversity, Equity and Inclusion as a standing committee of the Board in Febuuary 2016. 

Highlights of DEI Initiatives

Through education and example, Philanthropy Network encourages members to take voluntary action to promote DEI within their organizations and their work.Below are of some of our recent efforts:

Pilot Giving Circle Membership

In 2016, we provided a one-year pilot memberships to qualifying giving circles that are organized by and serve underrepresented groups.

Education

We’ve offered a series of workshops and learning sessions on topics ranging from tackling implicit bias in grantmaking to understanding immigrant communities’ needs.

Leadership

We’ve examined our own leadership structure and board composition, making efforts to diversify our own perspectives.

See a Timeline of Philanthropy Network’s DEI Work, 2013-2017

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