Strategies to address DEI

What is your Community Foundation doing to address Diversity, Equity and Inclusion within the communities you serve?

Karen Wolf

Operations Coordinator

Email [email protected]

Web www.cfcwi.org

Facebook www.facebook.com/cfcwi


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  • I'm not from a Community Foundation, but this is a question I have for our hospital foundation and also as the national board chair of a professional organization. In both cases, I want our outcomes to be real and measurable and not just lip service and platitudes. Any advice is welcome!

    KaraAdamsSuzieBoyer
  • We are doing some ACES trainings and tying that back into DEI.

    KentWeimerKarenWolfAshleyHarper
  • We are starting with a board diversity policy trying to define what diversity means for our foundation. Our board has talked a lot about the concept of diversity of thought rather than focusing on one particular category. We plan to use this policy as a starting point for our discussions since several positions need to be filled over the next 12 months.

    KarenWolfKaraAdamsAshleyHarperLisaStachula
  • That's great @KentWeimer. Maybe you can share in this forum if it passes. We are not in a position yet to adopt diversity metrics but I would love to see how you and your board navigate this process in a meaningful and intentional way.

    KaraAdamsKarenWolf
  • Tobi, if it passes, I will be happy to share. It starts with a nice statement about why this is important.


    Kent

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  • AshleyHarperAshleyHarper
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    On a webinar with PEAK Grantmaking about Equity in Tech and heard about this site: Equitable Evaluation. More info about upcoming event: https://www.peakgrantmaking.org/event/making-the-case-for-equitable-evaluation/

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  • KarenWolfKarenWolf
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    @KentWeimer did your DEI Policy pass and would you be willing to share?

    Karen Wolf

    Operations Coordinator

    Email [email protected]

    Web www.cfcwi.org

    Facebook www.facebook.com/cfcwi


    KaraAdams
  • @KarenWolf - Our Board approved a "Statement of Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion" in 2018 and formed an Equity & Inclusion Board Committee this year. We are using a matrix to collect all different kinds of demographic information (age, race, city of residence, industry of employment, etc.) on potential board members. On competitive grant applications, we are now asking for certain demographics of the applying organization's Board (since we are reporting this info to Candid on our own Board) - race/ethnicity, gender and ability status. A standard question - and evaluation criteria - for our competitive grant applications is: "how does your organization/program advance racial and other forms of equity through your work and your leadership"? We just completed a grants mapping project so we can literally see what we are funding (which will show most of of our dollars granted to white-led organizations). We are including a lot more education around racial equity in regards to equitable grant evaluations/scholarship evaluations with our grant and scholarship committee members. We also hired a consultant to do Racial Equity training with our staff and Board.

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  • KarenWolfKarenWolf
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    @LisaStachula Thank you for your response. Our organization has also done some of the same things you have outlined above.

    Karen Wolf

    Operations Coordinator

    Email [email protected]

    Web www.cfcwi.org

    Facebook www.facebook.com/cfcwi


    KaraAdams
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