We have joined a national movement to implement Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) frameworks in foundations in the UK through a unique ‘DEI’ coalition.
We believe it is imperative for philanthropy to become more diverse, inclusive, and equitable in its practices for three main reasons:
· Advance the common good. Those of us in philanthropy have dedicated ourselves to promoting the common good. Advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in our organisations and grant-making helps us live up to our values.
· Increase effectiveness. Diverse perspectives within foundations can help build better relationships with grantees, improve team problem-solving, and lead to better outcomes.
· Enhance impact. Our constituencies, from the communities we serve to our partners in business and government, are becoming increasingly diverse. We need to understand and reflect this rich variety of perspectives in order to achieve greater impact.
Our CEO, Sue Turner said: “We have always set out to be fair to all our communities but there can be unintended consequences from grant-making so it’s important to us to be part of this coalition to be in the new wave of transforming grants to be more equitable for all.”
What will the DEI Coalition be doing?
1. Encouraging the sharing of DEI best practice and resources with staff, together with advice and guidance.
2. Enabling staff to develop expertise in a specialist area, with the support of others thereby increasing the chances of success of implementation.
3. Enabling foundations to use a DEI lens in developing grant-making priorities or fine-tuning program areas.
4. Encouraging genuine cultivation and maintenance of strong relationships with grantees and community partners.
5. Developing a supportive organisational and inclusive culture that leads to effective grant-making, more inclusive systems and better representation.