August 19th, 2014
Tags: communications tools : resource highlights : TAKE 5 : TAKE 5 actions
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.
July 21st, 2014
Tags: data : Silicon Valley Community Foundation : The Meyer Memorial Trust : The Rockefeller Foundation
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 »
July 17th, 2014
This year’s State of the Work report highlights new tools and resources, recently completed research, and new organizational approaches that can help foundations and philanthropic organizations take action, achieve their goals regarding DEI, and advance the common good.
The new report catalogs the progress D5 has made in laying the groundwork for a growing movement including several long-term projects that came to fruition in the past year:
- An Analysis of Policies, Practices, and Programs for Advancing DEI. In fall 2013, D5 released a comprehensive scan and analysis of scores of written and web-based resources.
- Deployment of a Regional Strategy. Recognizing that most philanthropy occurs on the local level, D5 complemented its national work by implementing a regional strategy, which targets DEI resources and support to pre-existing and emerging local networks in select regions of the country.
- Insights on Diversity: Three Commissioned Research Projects. D5 commissioned a series of research projects to explore: 1) The role of leadership in advancing DEI; 2) Career pathways for people of color in philanthropy; 3) The interactive factors between philanthropy and nonprofit organizations.
This year, to help broaden the DEI conversation D5 invited three thought leaders to contribute their perspectives and analyses of the issues facing the philanthropic community, and present a charge to their peers to have the difficult but necessary conversation about advancing DEI within their own organizations: Ange-Marie Hancock, Associate Professor of Political Science and Gender Studies at the University of Southern California; Todd Vogel, the Managing Director of Loom; and Gerri Spilka, Founding Director of the OMG Center for Collaborative Learning.
The full State of the Work 2014 report is available here.
June 4th, 2014
Tags: career trajectories : leaders
Low levels of diversity in the senior ranks of foundations have proven to be a stubborn challenge for the field of philanthropy. A newly-released 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. More »
May 12th, 2014
Tags: AAPI : action : racial equity : resource highlights : The Edward W. Hazen Foundation
What’s New in DEI:
- Explore the new resources at Racial Equity Tools.
- Commissioned by the state’s philanthropies, Minnesota’s Tomorrow: Equity Is the Superior Growth Model makes clear that realizing the potential of Minnesota’s growing diversity requires adopting an equity strategy that would grow new jobs and businesses while bolstering long-term competitiveness.
- The Center for American Progress (CAP) launched a new report series, “The State of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders”.
- The Urgency of Now: Foundations’ Role in Ending Racial Inequity explores the multiple approaches that foundations can use to advance racial equity, focusing on a specific set of approaches used by the Minnesota-based Northwest Area Foundation.
- Naming Race: One Foundation’s Path to a Strategy of Structural Inclusion and Self- Determination explores the need for foundations to put in place practices that address the inherent inequities in the sector to impact systemic change. Featured as a case study is The Edward W. Hazen Foundation, a small national foundation with a focus on youth of color.