Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

February marks the observance of National African American History Month, a commemoration with origins dating back to 1926 when Dr. Carter G. Woodson instituted a week-long celebration to raise awareness of African Americans’ contributions to history.

Much has been said about diversity, equity and inclusion within the philanthropic sector. Diverse talent pools, equitable grantmaking processes and inclusive workplaces are all things for which we are striving. What benefit, if any, does a diverse talent pool bring to an organization? Does a lack of diversity within and organization’s talent pool translate to a less effective organization?

We all knew that November was going to be a tumultuous month (if you hadn't heard, there's an election today). When the polls close and the dust settles, the country could be set on one of a number of starkly different paths. Perhaps because of this uncertainty, President Obama took the opportunity to lift up one of the few truly bipartisan issues by declaring November National Entrepreneurship Month.

As the October 31 application deadline for our 2017 Career Pathways cohort draws closer, we thought it important to highlight why the Council believes so strongly in this talent expansion program — and what cohort members get from the experience.

The Council on Foundations is pleased to announce the application period for its flagship leadership development program, Career Pathways, is open now through October 31, 2016. Through Career Pathways, the Council seeks to increase the number of candidates from diverse backgrounds in the leadership pipeline and develop a generation of diverse leaders who are committed to the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion within their own organizations and the broader philanthropic sector.

In the United States, LGBTQ History Month is celebrated during the month of October. It is an annual observance of LGBTQ history, and the history of the gay rights and related civil rights movements. LGBTQ History Month was first celebrated in 1994. Among the early supporters and members of the first coordinating committee for LGBT History Month was Council on Foundations Board Member and Arcus Foundation Executive Director, Kevin Jennings.

National Hispanic Heritage Month is observed each year from September 15 to October 15. During this time, we celebrate the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, the Caribbean and the Americas. The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson. In 1988, under President Ronald Reagan, it was expanded to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15.