Equity in the Philanthropic Sector

By Emily Brenner, student assistant, Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy

Here at LearnPhilanthropy, we provide a platform for sharing tools, knowledge, and guidance from the field for grantmaker learning.

As the philanthropic sector has begun to more deeply understand the pervasive and systemic inequities in our society, more foundations and philanthropy serving organizations are bringing an equity lens to their work. Many foundations are focusing on how well their own structure, governance, and staffing contribute to equitable outcomes. Others are rethinking their grantmaking strategies from the perspective of reducing disparities within our society.

This post highlights some of the ways our content partners are working on these issues. We hope you find it useful and will share it with your colleagues.

  • ABFE provides its members with professional development and technical assistance resources that further the philanthropic sector’s connection and responsiveness to issues of equality, diversity and inclusion.
  • The Council on Foundations uses inclusiveness as one of their operating principles.
  • Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy works to build future philanthropic leaders focused on equity for all communities, especially the disenfranchised.
  • Funders for LGBTQ Issues brings together more than 75 institutions aimed at achieving equity for the LGBTQ community.
  • Grantcraft provides a guide for grantmaking with a racial equity lens.
  • Grantmakers of Oregon and Southwest Washington believes that philanthropy can play an important role in creating a just and equitable region. One of the impacts they intend is delivering equitable and inclusive philanthropy.
  • Putnam Consulting provides numerous resources on how equity relates to the work of funders, foundations, and organizations.
  • The William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund‘s mission is to achieve equity in education by working with those affected and inspiring all to end racism and poverty.


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