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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Funders Affinity Group

Launched in 2014, the Gateway Center for Giving’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Funders Affinity Group is intended for participants who are interested in exploring issues of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, both within our organizations and in the broader community, with the understanding that enhanced knowledge and relationships with key stakeholders can inform our work as grantmakers and collaborators.

The co-leaders of this group are:

  • Wendy Jaffe, Executive Director, Trio Foundation of St. Louis
  • Serena Muhammad, Director of Strategic Initiatives, St. Louis Mental Health Board
  • Susan Stith, Senior Director, Diversity, Inclusion and Corporate Giving, Express Scripts

Participants learn from expert guest speakers, engage in robust discussion, foster the exchange of information, and share best practices materials. This group is open to Full Members and Non-Member grantmakers.

Please contact us at the Gateway Center for Giving to learn more.

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Resources


Moving the Race Conversation Forward (2014)
A report by Race Forward: The Center for Racial Justice that aims to reshape and reform the way we talk about race and racism in the United States. Includes a discussion of seven harmful racial discourse practices that reinforce prejudiced attitudes and actions toward people of color.

Foundations Facilitate Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Partnering with Community and Nonprofits (2014)
A report by the OMG Center for Collaborative Learning investigating the systemic factors in the philanthropic sector that facilitate diversity, equity, and inclusion in grantmaking and nonprofit practices. Identifies opportunities for foundations to reinforce diversity, equity, and inclusion through interactions with their nonprofit partners and peer foundations.

The Business Case for Racial Equity in Michigan (2015)
Report by the Altarum Institute and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation that details the cost of failing to address the legacy of racism in the state and the benefits to communities from advancing racial equity.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion: A Snapshot of Promising Practices Among Indiana Foundations (2015)
Report by the Indiana Philanthropy Alliance highlights promising practices for advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in Indiana philanthropy. It includes examples of how foundations are incorporating DEI into their organizational cultures, engaging diverse populations, and working to make their communities more welcoming places. The report also presents data about who is governing and working in Indiana foundations, and where foundation dollars are going.

State of The Work: Stories from the Movement to Advance Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (2016)
Final report issued by the D5 Coalition that details the progress the philanthropic sector has made in advancing diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) through the use of both hard data and story-telling/narratives.

The Road to Achieving Equity: Findings and Lessons from a Field Scan of Foundations That Are Embracing Equity as a Primary Focus (2016)
Report by the Putnam-Consulting Group and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation that provides a look at some of the efforts leading foundations are making, as well as the challenges they face in promoting equity within their practice.

Guides & Toolkits:

Missouri Common Grant Application Version 2.0 (2017) & Funder Guide: Incorporating Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (2017)
Tool by Gateway Center for Giving that allows grantmakers and grantseekers to work from a common set of questions and definitions that reinforce solid nonprofit practices. The Gateway Center recently convened a committee of grantmakers and nonprofit representatives to update the CGA by incorporating a lens of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI). A DEI framework informs the work of both funders and nonprofits and offers a mechanism to address the profound disparities in opportunity that exist for marginalized groups. The inclusion of DEI-related language and questions throughout the CGA and related materials is meant to provide a valuable perspective to grantmakers about their potential grantee's capacity to navigate DEI issues, and encourage self-assessment and dialogue about DEI issues by both nonprofits and funders.

Advancing the Mission: Tools for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (2009)
Publication by the Annie E. Casey Foundation that describes how and why the topics of diversity, equity, and inclusion became mission-relevant to the Casey Foundation. Presents tools and strategies for achieving a culture infused with competencies, language, and values that promote racial diversity, equity and inclusion.

Policies, Practices and Programs for Advancing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (2013)
Publication by the D5 Coalition that provides a comprehensive scan of existing resources from philanthropy in order to identify existing policies, practices, and tools that can inform and guide philanthropic action to advance and sustain diversity, equity, and inclusion—both internally and externally at our organizations.

Racial Equity Resource Guide
Create your own resource guide through the W.K. Kellogg Foundation's online, interactive interface that provides data on racial inequities, their impact on communities of color and the process for healing racial wounds so that racially diverse communities can work together to achieve healing.

Grantmaking with a Racial Equity Lens (2007)
Guide that explores how a racial equity lens can help funders increase their effectiveness at every stage of the grantmaking process by scanning their field or community, cultivating new leaders, encouraging creative approaches, spreading awareness, and nourishing change inside their own foundations.

How to Make Racial Equity a Priority in Your Foundation (2015)
Learning brief that details how the Consumer Health Foundation and the Kalamazoo Community Foundation integrated racial equity into their governance and operations.

The Inclusiveness Project (2015)
Website maintained by the Denver Foundation that contains resources intended to help nonprofit organizations learn how to become more racially inclusive. Includes reports on best practices, lessons learned, training resources and events.

Equity Tools (2014-2016)
Webpage maintained by Policy Link that contains three toolkits that provide examples of measurement strategies, benchmarks, and outcomes. Focus areas of the toolkits include community-centered policing, policy change, and equitable community revitalization.

Race Equity and Inclusion Action Guide (2014)
Guide for grantmakers by the Annie E. Casey Foundation that uses a seven-step framework for incorporating race equity and inclusion at every stage of the grantmaking process. 

Supplier Diversity Policy (2016)
The Minnesota Council on Foundations has developed a supplier diversity policy for their procedures related to purchasing, bid/estimates for services, agreements and contracts and related forms of commitments. 

Racial Equity Tools Website (2017)
Clearinghouse website with strategies, tips, and resources that support people and groups who are working for inclusion, racial equity, and social justice. 

Ferguson & Beyond:

Calls to Action by the Ferguson Commission (2015)
Priorities for the Commission to consider as suggestions for policy reform in the St. Louis region.

Forward Through Ferguson Final Report
by the Ferguson Commission (2015)
A narrative study of the underlying social, political, historic, economic, educational and racial  issues brought to light by the events in Ferguson. Includes an outline of a path forward to address the challenges facing the St. Louis region.

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