Diversity & Inclusion

The Council on Foundations promotes responsible and effective philanthropy. Our mission requires a commitment to inclusiveness as a fundamental operating principle. It also calls for affirmations of diversity in its many forms, encompassing but not limited to:

  • ethnicity
  • race     
  • gender
  • sexual orientation and identification
  • age
  • economic circumstance
  • class 
  • disability
  • geography
  • philosophy

Diversity ensures that a range of perspectives, opinions, and experiences are recognized and acted upon in achieving the Council’s mission. We ask members to make a similar commitment to inclusiveness in order to be more effective and better enhance their abilities to contribute to our changing society.

View the Council's policy on inclusiveness.

Use these resources to enhance your organization's diversity and inclusive practice.

“Lessons from the Field” features the stories, successes and experiences of CEOs and trustees of some of our nation’s leading foundations and corporate grantmaking programs, both large and small.
This brief explores the unique interplay between diversity and philanthropy and offers real solutions recommended by your peers for enhancing your efforts in this area.


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