This statement on the value and importance of inclusiveness and diversity was developed by the Board of Directors for the Surdna Foundation:

This policy includes, but is not limited to, the Foundation’s activities and practices in hiring, training, compensation, benefits, promotions, terminations, and business and community relations. Employees and candidates for employment with the Foundation are considered solely on the basis of their ability to perform the requirements of their position, with due consideration given to experience and growth potential. All staff members are required to support this policy.

We also recognize that we work in a richly diverse community and understand the strategic importance of achieving a diverse workforce, which reflects that community. We undertake to recruit, develop and retain the most talented people by valuing the varied skills and experiences they bring to the Surdna Foundation; by investing in their training and development; by treating staff fairly and equitably; by combating harassment and discrimination at work, and by encouraging an honest and open culture which values the differences between us. As a Foundation we recognize the important leadership role we have in promoting and encouraging tolerance, fairness and equality and in influencing other nonprofits.

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Board Composition, Diversity, and Recruitment

This Content Collection provides resources, perspectives, and sample polices for families and boards thinking about board composition and recruitment, both within and outside the family. Included are resources on the advantages, challenges, questions, and opportunities of engaging non-family trustees on a family foundation board and of promoting diversity and inclusion in the field of family philanthropy at large.

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