This piece 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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Screen Shot 2014-07-11 at 9.30.57 AMJuly marks another milestone for D5 with the release of the 4th annual report on DEI progress: State of the Work 2014: Tackling the Tough Challenges to Advancing Diversity, Equity & Inclusion.

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.

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Screen Shot 2014-05-29 at 11.43.54 AMLow 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 »

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Screen Shot 2014-05-02 at 11.19.46 AMThe first of three research reports commissioned by D5 has just come online: “Vision and Voice: The Role of Leadership and Dialogue in Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.” Produced by Philanthropy Northwest, in partnership with the Seattle University Nonprofit Leadership Program, the report is an analysis of a peer-learning group of 10 foundation CEOs in the Pacific Northwest and interviews with 23 philanthropic leaders that offers insights and practical lessons for creating an organizational culture supportive of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). More »

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