New Report Provides Data on Foundation Diversity
Noting that efforts to mobilize leadership are underway through the Diversity in Philanthropy Project, the Council on Foundations and regional associations of grantmakers in California, Massachusetts, Michigan and New York, the authors also recommend the following strategies:
* Increase advocacy, outreach and peer support by networks of foundation leaders grappling with improving effectiveness and responsiveness in the face of rapidly changing demographics.
* Collaborate with emerging donor communities to connect leadership among diverse communities with the larger institutional philanthropy field.
* Improve and expand existing programs that increase the pool of diverse candidates for staff and board positions, support institutional efforts to include diverse voices in all aspects of their work, or efforts to reach out to disadvantaged and vulnerable communities across all program areas.
* Promote field impact through coordinated multiprogram strategies to leverage resources focusing on increasing diversity and inclusiveness, particularly at regional levels.
* Increase research on trends in staffing, board composition and grantmaking so foundations have data to establish benchmarks and monitor progress.
“Philanthropy in a Changing Society: Achieving Effectiveness through Diversity” is available at no cost by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org. A PDF can also be downloaded from www.rockpa.org/ideas_and_perspectives/publications.
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 Analyses include grants of $10,000 or more, as reviewed since 1989, and grants of all amounts examined prior to 1989.