D5 has released our annual State of the Work 2012 report. This year’s report features provocative stories from leaders in philanthropy on successes and challenges in creating a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive sector. To give you a flavor of the report, I’m sharing an excerpt of the report’s Foreword below. You can check out the full report here.
Foundations are still grappling with the effects of the economic downturn—and underserved communities are bearing much of the burden of a contracted philanthropic sector. We have been asked to do more with less in an environment that requires adaptation. But we believe great power and potential lie in helping foundations adopt strategies that promote diversity, equity, and inclusion—reaching those hardest hit, responding with effective solutions, and working to revitalize local communities.
In this year’s report, you’ll see examples of foundations and philanthropic infrastructure groups that have boldly taken on issues related to diversity, equity, and inclusion. You’ll see activities involving leadership, networking, funding, collaboration, and research. You’ll see successes and setbacks.
You’ll also see the evolving strategies and emerging projects of the D5 Coalition, as we work with leaders like you to track, share, support, inspire, and organize efforts like these. With an expanding membership in a complex sector, taking on difficult issues, we are a dynamic network.
It’s a tall order, but we’re making steady progress – supported by people and organizations willing to lead by example, embrace the challenging work required to increase impact, and share stories of change and growth that result from working on these critical issues.