“We Are Philanthropy,” a collection of short films that feature inspiring and diverse donors, will appear on the D5 blog over the next few months. Produced by D5 and Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, the films highlight how diverse philanthropists bring their life experiences to their philanthropy as they strive to achieve community impact.


This film features Ana Valdez, a philanthropist and political and media consultant based in Los Angeles. Ana uses the “pain from seeing the gap between the haves and have-nots” while growing up in Mexico to fuel her philanthropy. We spoke with Ana about what shapes her philanthropy and where she would like to see the field go.

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Foundations Facilitate Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Partnering with Community and Nonprofits, a new 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. More »

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The Chronicle of Philanthropy is hosting a webinar on September 11, 2014, on engaging and attracting Hispanic donors. Ana Gloria Rivas-Vázquez, Regional Development Director at Catholic Relief Services and independent researcher, and Damaris Montalvo, Business Development Supervisor at Russ Reid, will share key research findings on Hispanic giving and offer strategies for success with Hispanic donors.

This webinar will also focus on creative and effective fundraising appeals that resonate with Hispanic donors, as well as relationship building with your donors.

If one of your Take 5 actions is to recruit diverse donors, this webinar will be a great resource to help you to take action!

For more information and registration please click here.

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One of the frequently asked questions from people who are interested in advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) is, “How can we start?”

As listed on the Take 5 Action page, there are different actions that you can take to advance DEI. One of them is as simple as starting a conversation about DEI. You can either schedule a formal conversation by putting DEI on the agenda of your next board meeting, or meet with a colleague at another foundation to discuss ways to advance DEI.

D5, with our communications partner Hattaway Communications, has developed two communications tools for you to effectively talk about diversity, equity and inclusion. More »

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This piece by D5 Director Kelly Brown was originally published in The Chronicle of Philanthropy on July 13, 2014. You can access the article here

Just last month we witnessed a sea change as tech companies released data that pulled back the curtain on the diversity of their work forces. Yahoo was the latest to do so, disclosing that only 37 percent of its global work force is made up of women. When looking at its U.S. work force, only 4 percent of its employees are Latino and only 2 percent are African-American.

The makeup of Yahoo’s work force is not too different from that of Google and LinkedIn, which preceded Yahoo by a few weeks in their move toward transparency. Latinos make up 3 percent of Google’s U.S. work force, while African-Americans make up 2 percent. At LinkedIn, it’s 4 and 2 percent, respectively.

As alarming as this information is, it actually represents an important step forward for technology companies. As Laszlo Bock, Google’s senior vice president for people operations, said, “It’s hard to address these kinds of challenges if you’re not prepared to discuss them openly and with the facts.” More »

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