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Fall 2014 Update: D5 Activities & Events

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New GuideStar Data Tracking Program

guidestarOn October 16, D5 joined GuideStar to launch a new tool for foundations and nonprofits to share data about who works in and leads organizations to give us a better picture of the sector. The voluntary data collection tool, based on demographic data standards developed by D5 with several partners including the Foundation Center, is part of the GuideStar Exchange. With expressed support for the program from several foundation and nonprofit leaders—Rockefeller Brothers Fund, The California Endowment, Kresge Foundation, among others—the goal is for nonprofits and foundations nationwide to submit data about their organization’s demographics using sector-wide standards.  For more information, visit the D5 blog here.

In a related event on December 9, D5’s Kelly Brown joined government, environmental and nonprofit leaders in a public briefing for media and stakeholders to announce pledges by six major environmental organizations to submit diversity data to GuideStar Exchange. Hosted by Green 2.0 and New America Media, a standing-room only crowd of more than 200 media reps and others gathered at the National Press Club in Washington, DC to promote steps mainstream environmental organizations can take to increase diversity at the highest levels. For more information on the event, visit the Green 2.0 website here.

Conference Sessions

Fall 2014 found D5 and its partners hosting sessions at several national conferences, sharing knowledge and supporting action in all four of D5’s priority areas: Leaders, Action, Funding, Data.

funding In October, D5 hosted a session at the Council on Foundations Community Foundations Conference, We Are Philanthropy, on engaging diverse donors. Featured panelists were Veronica Hemmingway, Triangle Community Foundation, Ana Gloria Rivas-Vazquez, Catholic Relief Services, and Mitchell Singer, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors.
leaders Also in October, D5 hosted a session at Exponent Philanthropy’s National Conference, Diverse Boards, Diverse Perspectives, featuring panelists, Graham Grady, Lloyd A. Fry Foundation, Kim Y. Jones, Moriah Fund, and Meghan McVety, Chester County Community Foundation.
action In November at the Independent Sector National Conference, D5’s Kelly Brown moderated the session, Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity: Taking Our Vision from Imagined to Realized. Panelists were Esther Aguilera, Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, Linda Akutagawa, Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics, Kris Hermanns, Pride Foundation, Earl Lewis, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Paul Shoemaker, Social Venture Partners Seattle, Liz Vivian, Women’s Funding Alliance.
leaders Also in November, D5 hosted a session at the ARNOVA annual conference, People of Color and Philanthropic Career Trajectories and Dynamics. D5’s Kelly Brown was joined by Arnold Chandler of Forward Change and Lisa McGill of LM Strategies Consulting.


Other Programs and Speaking Engagements

  • In November, D5 and Associated Grant Makers’ Grantmakers of Color affinity group hosted Planning a Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Agenda for Massachusetts. D5’s communications research and tools were featured content.
  • In November, D5’s Kelly Brown was the featured speaker at the Minnesota Council on Foundations for A Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Coffee Chat. More than 300 foundation and nonprofit professionals filled the room for the event that was co-sponsored by the Greater Twin Cities United Way.

Webinar Series

D5 and the Forum of RegionalAssociations of Grantmakers  held a four-part webinar series on DEI that helped to support and connect regional associations and their members as they work to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion in philanthropy. Webinar presentations can be found here.



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