D5's State of the Work 2013

Publication date: 
September, 2013

D5′s 2013 State of the Work features lessons learned from executives of the American Express Foundation, the Baltimore Community Foundation, Access Strategies Fund, the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, Lloyd A. Fry Foundation, Capek Consulting, Russell Family Foundation and FSG. The report draws on the successes and challenges of philanthropic leaders to create a more diverse sector in 2012—and offers actions to inspire leaders to advance diversity, equity and inclusion in 2013.

Examples of innovative efforts shared in the report include:

  • The American Express Foundation diversified strategies to build non-profit management skills in its effort to develop diverse talents in the non-profit sector. Some of these efforts include a leadership development program that supports emerging talents from various ethnicities, generations and genders.

  • The Baltimore Community Foundation took the first step to educate and inform the foundation internally before sharing  its DEI efforts with the community. A shared understanding among internal stakeholders helped align their goals around DEI which made integrating DEI work in the foundation and the community much more effective.

  • Access Strategies Fund increased civic participation of diverse communities through equitable grantmaking driven by diverse decision makers and saw dramatic increases in political representation among communities of color.

  • The Silicon Valley Community Foundation believes that data can drive equity and publishes data on its website regarding the gender and racial / ethnic di­versity of its staff and leadership, and lists the grants it provides to organizations or programs serving ethnically diverse popula­tions.