Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Find curated resources on diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Geared Toward Philanthropy

Guiding a Giving Response to Anti-Black Injustice >>

ABFE and The Bridgespan Group collaborated on a report that offers funders potential paths to invest in organizations and movements within the Black-led racial justice ecosystem. It provides principles for giving that can help funders make investments with sustained change in mind, and highlights priority investment areas and example organizations. The report is a starting place for funders who seek to support Black-led organizations and movements committed to anti-racist social change.

Putting Racism on the Table >>

In 2016, Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers (WRAG) launched Putting Racism on the Table, a learning series for philanthropy. The series, from January - June 2016, convened philanthropic CEOs and trustees to learn from experts on the many aspects of racism, including structural racism, white privilege, implicit bias, mass incarceration, and the racial mosaic of this country. Resources from the series conversations are available on the WRAG website >>

Grantmaking with a Racial Equity Lens >>

In the 12 years since the original Grantmaking with a Racial Equity Lens guide was published the country’s political, economic, and cultural landscapes have undergone multiple, dramatic changes. Public engagement and organizing against racism has risen to historic levels and we've seen racial justice concepts take root in such mainstream contexts as Washington Post articles on White privilege and wider use of the phrase “systemic racism.” And funders have worked hard to keep up. In response to these conditions, PRE has produced an updated guide. The daily practice of using a racial equity lens in social change as well as in grantmaking has established a baseline understanding of structural racism and has led to new insights, definitions, and nuances. (May 2019)

Philanthropic Initiative for Racial Equity >>

The Philanthropic Initiative for Racial Equity provides publications, resources, and programming that can aid as you look to advance racial equity through your foundation. The goal of the initiative is to "increase the amount and effectiveness of resources aimed at combating institutional and structural racism in communities through capacity building, education, and convening of grantmakers and grantseekers."

Nonprofit Diversity Efforts: Current Practices and the Role of Foundations >>

How do nonprofits see diversity as relevant to their goals? How do they want their foundation funders to be involved in their diversity efforts? In discussions about diversity at foundations, it’s essential that the perspectives of grantees be included in the conversation. Center for Effective Philanthropy (CEP) turned to its Grantee Voice Panel of nonprofit leaders to learn more about how nonprofits are thinking about diversity — and how foundations can be most helpful to their grantees, if at all, when it comes to this topic. Based on survey responses of 205 leaders of nonprofit organizations with annual expenses between $100,000 and $100 million, Nonprofit Diversity Efforts: Current Practices and the Role of Foundations provides a collection of data on topics such as how diversity relates to the work of nonprofits and what demographic information nonprofits and funders alike are collecting — and how that information is used. The data in this report can inform foundation leaders and staff as they consider how they can most helpfully engage with their grantees on the topic of diversity. (July 2018)

Race, Equity, and Inclusion Action Guide >>

One way to achieve social change in an organization is to incorporate race, equity, and inclusion at every stage of work. The seven steps in this guide, from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, provide a clear framework for undertaking this important work. This tool adds to the resources already created by partners who have been working in the field. (January 2015)


The Road to Achieving Equity: Findings and Lessons from a Field Scan of Foundations That Are Embracing Equity as a Primary Focus >>

This report from Putnam-Consulting Group and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation provides a look at some of the efforts leading foundations are making, as well as the challenges they face. Based on interviews with 30 foundation leaders, this report explores the ways in which foundations are applying principles of equity within their own operations - from grantmaking, to investments, to human resources. (September 2016)

Advancing Equitable Evaulation Practices in Philanthropy >>

The Connecticut Council for Philanthropy and other philanthropy serving organizations (PSOs) from across the country, collectively the Associations Advancing Equitable Evaluation Practices (“AAEEP”), have joined together to issue a joint statement announcing our commitment to advance the learning and practice of equitable evaluation among our members. We believe that doing so supports the important equity-focused work to which many of our members are already committed, optimizes philanthropy’s benefit to society, and promotes the knowledge sharing, and relationship building necessary to advance equitable evaluation in the philanthropic sector. Read the full statement here.

Equitable Evaluation Webinars:

D5 Coalition is a five-year coalition to advance philanthropy’s diversity, equity, and inclusion. D5 builds on the achievements and lessons of many in the field. The decades-long work of affinity groups and other partners on diversity issues are essential building blocks of D5′s work going forward. D5’s ultimate goal: By bringing new voices and expertise to the table, we have the potential to make foundations more effective at advancing the common good. Diversity and inclusion can help foundations better identify creative solutions to our internal challenges and to those faced by the communities we serve.

D5’s Final State of the Work highlights voices of leaders in the field who share their stories of change and progress. Some are longtime advocates; some are newer enthusiasts. Each of them shares a perspective on what has worked and what challenges remain as they lead their institutions through changes to meet the demands of a new America. (2016)

D5's Analysis of Policies, Practices, and Programs for Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion is a useful tool for foundation staff, leadership and other members of the philanthropy community who want to take action to advance DEI. It provides a comprehensive scan of existing written and web-based resources from philanthropy and the more general fields of organizational effectiveness and social justice in order to identify existing policies, practices, and tools that can inform and guide philanthropic action. (2013)

Resources Geared Broadly to the Nonprofit Community

The Race to Lead Series >>

This series of reports by the Building Movement Project focuses on diversity in nonprofit leadership.



RE-Center offers Equity in Education Workshops providing history, framing, power analysis, identity development, empathetic motivation, and community accountability in the context of their educational system. The workshops have three different formats and are geared towards educators, community influencers, and folks in the nonprofit and social justice world—and are always open to anyone interested in the personal and professional process of equity and anti-racism.