May 15th, 2013
D5’s “State of the Work” Report Features Efforts by Foundations to Increase Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Chicago, Illinois — The face of America is changing. Between 2000 and 2010, the population of the American South grew by 14%—and the Latino population in the South grew by 57%. One in five Americans have a disability. Fifty-seven percent of college graduates are women. Same-sex couples live in 93% of counties in the US.
How can the philanthropic field increase its diversity, advance equity, and improve its inclusiveness to keep up with these trends? D5—a five-year effort to increase diversity, equity, and inclusion in philanthropy—examines this question in its annual “State of the Work” report, released today.
Featuring lessons learned from executives of the American Express Foundation, the Baltimore Community Foundation, Access Strategies Fund, the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, Lloyd A. Fry Foundation, Capek Consulting, Russell Family Foundation, and FSG, the report draws on the successes and challenges of philanthropic leaders to create a more diverse sector in 2012.
D5 at the Midpoint: A Letter from the Director
D5 was launched just over two years ago with a set of concrete, if profoundly ambitious, goals. It was a daunting agenda. Some people might even say it was impossible. Yet it seemed clear to me then, as it does now, that the momentum for being successful at this work was on our side.
At the midpoint of D5, I am hopeful because I see signs of progress and transformation. Now when I talk about this work, people understand the issue. They may not always be ready to take it on; they may address it superficially; they may be weary of the issue’s persistence. Yet, all of these perspectives are part of the conversation. And they are conversations you as allies and leaders must continue to have wherever and whenever possible if we are to deepen and extend the change we know will strengthen our field.
May 10th, 2013
Tags: Council of Michigan Foundations : diversity : National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy : policies and practices
The latest NCRP journal, Responsive Philanthropy, features an article on the results and learnings from the Council on Michigan Foundation’s six-year initiative to transform Michigan philanthropy to become more diverse and inclusive. Vicki Rosenberg of Rosenberg and Associates, traces the TMP from its audacious beginnings to the real results it has achieved here.
April 22nd, 2013
Tags: communities of color : data : diversity : Philanthropy New York
Philanthropy New York’s blog has a great post about the new portal BMAfunders.org by Foundation Center and Open Society Foundations. You can see the original post here. At BMAfunders.org, visitors can sign up for e-mail updates to learn about news and events related to black male achievement, as well as submit grants data, case studies, and philanthropic milestones.
April 16th, 2013
Tags: communities : diverse donors : diversity : equity : inclusion
At D5, we believe in the importance of showcasing the work being done to advance Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the field. The following post is the first in our ongoing series: Building the Movement: Voices of Leaders Working to Advance Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Philanthropy.
by Valerie Oliver-Durrah, President and CEO, Neighborhood Technical Assistance Clinic
All of us have the potential to be philanthropists. Philanthropy is the desire to promote the welfare of others—and that’s something that we can find within ourselves, and not just within the walls of foundations.
In mid-January, the Neighborhood Technical Assistance Clinic, a nonprofit technical assistance provider based in New York City, launched our strategy to raise awareness of the cross-cutting impacts of philanthropy—and of all of our roles as philanthropists in our communities. To start the conversation, we showed I Am A Philanthropist at the College of Staten Island. The film, produced by D5 and the Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, demonstrates how philanthropy is more effective—and our communities stronger—when the philanthropists themselves come from diverse backgrounds and experiences, and give in different ways.