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State of the Work 2012

The Road to Greater Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in Philanthropy

Learn from provocative stories from leaders in philanthropy on successes and challenges in creating a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive sector.


The 2012 State of the Work Report highlights the efforts of leaders in philanthropy over the past year who have worked to recruit new foundation leadership who more closely reflect U.S. demographic trends, increase funding within diverse communities, and become more transparent about data collection on issues related to diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives within the sector. To read the full report, click here.

Innovative examples of efforts shared in the report include:

  • A growing number of regional associations of grantmakers who are working to establish stronger links with diverse communities so that foundation CEOs, executives and boards of trustees better reflect the nation’s diversity regarding race and ethnicity, gender, LGBT communities, and people with disabilities.
  • The Association of Black Foundation Executives offering knowledge and practical tools to create successful funding strategies through its Responsive Philanthropy in Black Communities Toolkit.
  • A partnership between Philanthropy Northwest, Native Americans in Philanthropy, and the Potlatch Fund that has created an opportunity for learning, better connections and mutual trust to achieve more equitable funding strategies.

D5 will leverage ideas proposed in the 2012 report to improve leadership development efforts of affinity groups and other partners, grow capacity-building programs for population-focused funds through the Philanthropic Inclusion Fund, and increase support for additional regional diversity studies.

Download the complete report here to learn about other innovative and successful initiatives undertaken by philanthropic leaders.