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D5 Newsletter, October 31, 2012

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Building the Movement: A Letter from the Director

D5 has been working closely with leaders in philanthropy, like you, to amplify the conversation about diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI)—and more importantly, to inspire action. Collaboration is a powerful tool to help advance DEI and we see D5 as playing an important role in connecting the great work you’re doing to the work of others.

We’re excited to help leaders in disparate parts of the country—from New Orleans, to California, to Iowa—expand their networks, create synergy, and ultimately build a movement. Below are just a few highlights of what we, together, have accomplished over the past few months.

D5 is a collaborative effort that is strengthened by all of our voices. We hope you’ll share stories and learnings about your progress so that collectively we can have even greater impact and inspire other leaders to take up the cause of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Kelly Brown

Insights on Diversity Research Announced! 

D5 has commissioned three organizations to conduct Insights on Diversity research that will inform the advancement of DEI in philanthropy. Forward Change, Philanthropy Northwest, and OMG Center for Collaborative Learning will each undertake innovative projects that will contribute much-needed research to the field. See the press release for more details.

Philadelphia Social Innovations Journal PublishesDEI Call to Action

The Philadelphia Social Innovations Journal just released its fall issue, which features an article by D5’s Meghan McVety. Meghan’s article, The Path to Innovation and Creativity Runs Through Diversity,offers a call to action on diversity, equity, and inclusion within the Philadelphia region—but also provides valuable insights about how diversity enhances innovation and impact in our field more broadly. Read the article here.

Upcoming D5 and Partner Events

  • ABFE (Association of Black Foundation Executives) and RG & Associates  are hosting a forum on the benefits of investing in minority- and women- owned investment firms, Casting a Wider Net: Know-How and Networks for Investing with Minority- and Women-Owned Firms, New York.
  • Ohio Grantmakers Forum‘s annual conference, “Philanthropy Forward ’12,”  will be November 13-15 in Cleveland.  Among the sessions offered this year is a morning workshop on diversity and inclusion which will focus on the implications of OGF’s recently released benchmarking survey of diversity and inclusion practices among Ohio funders.
  • We Are Philanthropy Diverse Donor Convening, November 15, Chicago, IL
  • ARNOVA annual conference, November 15-17, Indianapolis. Larry McGill of the Foundation Center, Suk Rhee of Northwest Health Foundation, and Daniel Byrd of The Greenlining Institute, will present their perspectives and experiences with collecting and interpreting philanthropic diversity data.
  • Potlatch Fund’s 10th Annual Gala, November 3, Tulalip, WA
  • Native Americans in Philanthropy (NAP) Regional Action Network Gatherings:
    Southwest, October 31, Longmont, CO
  • 2013 Native Philanthropy Institute, April 3-5, 2013, Tulsa, OK

Movement News —Recent Events, New Resources

  • The HIP GameChangers Forum in Chicago on September 25 presented a panel discussion about the recent Foundation Center report on giving to Latino communities.
  • Pacific Island Philanthropy Forum & Site Visits: Making Connections—Expanding Our World, September 30-October 3, Waikiki, HI
  • 2012 Council of Michigan Foundations Annual Conference & Michigan Nonprofit Association SuperConference, October 8-9, Dearborn, MI
  • A reception for Diverse Trustees of foundations was held in Chicago on October 24, sponsored by the Donors Forum and the Lloyd A. Fry Foundation in partnership with D5, AAPIP (Chicago chapter), Chicago African-Americans in Philanthropy, Chicago Latinos in Philanthropy, and Native Americans in Philanthropy. More than 30 guests were in attendance at this event which is the first step towards creating a network of diverse foundation trustees.
  • A new GrantCraft guide, Funding for Inclusion: Women and Girls in the Equation, draws on the experience of foundations in 15 European countries on reaching out and including women and girls in programs, and mainstreaming gender in projects and operations.
  • Grantmakers for Effective Organizations’ new publication, Learn and Let Learn, features the Council of Michigan Foundations’ Peer Action Learning Network (PALN) as one of six in-depth case studies. The PALN was formed to strengthen participant organizations’ capacity in diverse and inclusive leadership, management, and grantmaking.
  • ABFE’s new report, Foundation Investment Managment Practices: Thoughts on Alpha and Access for the Field, shares the common themes and approaches shared in a series of convenings of minorty managers, finance professionals, and decision-makers from foundations.

Take 5: Five Actions You Can Take Right Now
  1. Follow D5 on Twitter and Like us on Facebook! Twitter and Facebook can help promote awareness and support by linking extended networks.
  2. Send us dates for upcoming meetings, sessions or conferences that will be promoting or discussing DEI so we can let others know about them.
  3. Send us DEI resources in the form of consultants, trainings, manuals, or research that you believe have successfully facilitated diversity, equity, and inclusion.  We are mapping these efforts and resources to share with the field.
  4. Draft a guest blog showcasing your DEI work or goals. Share stories of your success and challenges to inspire others to act.
  5. Include a link to D5 on your website and show your support for this work! Go here!

Look Out for Our Evaluation Survey 

Our evaluation team, TCC Group, will be sending a survey to you shortly after the election about your DEI policies and practices. We’d be most appreciative if you could fill it out so we can get your input and help track the field’s progress on these important issues.


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