Family Philanthropy Playbook for Community Foundations

Unit 6: Diverse Donors and DEI

What are your peers and NCFP learning about working with a more diverse donor pool and helping donors understand diversity, equity, and inclusion issues?


TUNE-IN (60 minutes): Topical Call — Engaging Diverse Donors [members only]

In this January 2017 topical call, San Antonio Area Foundation and Foundation for the Carolinas kicked off a conversation on authentically engaging diverse donors (asset development with a DEI lens).


TUNE-IN (60 Minutes): Topical Call — Working with Diverse Donors and Families [members only]

In this May 2019 topical call Kelly Brown, Director of the D5 Coalition, Sharmila Rao Thakkar, expert family philanthropy consultant, and Ted Vander Roest, Executive Director of the Springfield Foundation shared their experiences in supporting diverse donors. To learn more about their work, please visit Springfield Foundation’s African American Community Family of Funds page and D5Coalition’s website and diverse voices in giving video series.


BORROW & ADAPT: Diverse Donors [members only]

A collection of materials shared by community foundations in San Antonio, Oregon, and other partners.


READ: Racial Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

How do you define equity and how much emphasis do you place on advancing equity within your organization and through the grants that you make? How diverse is your board and staff, and how inclusive are you of other perspectives in your decision-making around grants, governance, and overall policy? This Content Collection for foundations of all types includes a variety of perspectives and tools for addressing REDI issues within your organization, including a collection of customized Checklists, Quizzes, and Self-Assessment Tools for boards and staff.

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