Diversity in Philanthropy

2012 Diversity in Philanthropy Series

In 2012 NCG launched the Diversity in Philanthropy series, four programs designed to provided our members with information on a variety of local and national effforts aimed at building the awareness and importance of diversity in grantmaking. With a variety of initiatives underway in the sector now, NCG has a role to play as your network builder to connect you with information about the different approaches funders are taking in their strategies to address the needs of diverse communities.

These quarterly programs were free and open to all members thanks to the sponsorship and partnership of:

The James Irvine Foundation
The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
The Mitchell Kapor Foundation

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Initiative Background

In 2007, NCG launched the Diversity in Philanthropy Initiative in partnership with Southern California Grantmakers (SCG) and San Diego Grantmakers (SDG). While NCG has long considered diversity to be a fundamental topic for consideration by the philanthropic sector, this Initiative is intended to help foundations understand diversity-related concerns within the field and the impact on the nonprofit sector at-large.

As communities become more diverse, foundations face a growing need to assess the continuing relevance of their programmatic objectives. How are foundations identifying and addressing the emerging challenges associated with increasing diversity?

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Initiative Goal

The goal of NCG's Diversity Initiative is to provide a continuum of research, resources, and grantmaker education programs that advance the understanding and practice of diversity in philanthropy.

The Initiative is part of NCG's effort to increase philanthropy's visibility, capacity, and effectiveness in civil society; to build grantmaker effectiveness and advance best practices; and to foster collaborations and other creative ways for foundations to work together to better address critical needs in our region.

To this end, NCG aspires to provide the regional field of philanthropy with leadership and learning opportunities aimed at increasing accountability and ihttp://www.hewlett.org/mpact.

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Who's Involved In The Work

  • Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy
    Founded in 1990, Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (AAPIP) is a national membership association dedicated to increasing the participation and leadership of Asian Pacific Americans in philanthropy and increasing philanthropic resources to those communities. AAPIP's members include foundations, the staff and trustees of grantmaking institutions, and representatives of nonprofit organizations.
  • Association of Black Foundation Executives
    The Association of Black Foundation Executives (ABFE) is an independent membership organization dedicated to promoting effective and responsible philanthropy in Black communities. ABFE provides members with professional training programs and initiatives, supports sharing of best practices for supporting diverse and inclusive leadership, prepares briefing papers on priority issues in Black communities and recommends strategic philanthropic investments to address those issues, and collaborates with other affinity groups and regional Black philanthropic networks.
  • D5 Coalition
    D5 is a five-year coalition to grow philanthropy’s diversity, equity, and inclusion. In 2010, foundations and philanthropy organizations came together to form an unprecedented coalition of 18 infrastructure organizations and set a strategic agenda to help philanthropy become more diverse, equitable, and inclusive.
  • Hispanics in Philanthropy
    Hispanics in Philanthropy (HIP) is an association of more than 450 U.S. and Latin American grantmakers and nonprofit leaders committed to increasing philanthropic support of Latino communities and to promoting greater participation by Latinos within organized philanthropy. HIP seeks to increase Latino representation on foundation staff and boards, promotes efforts to strengthen the Latino nonprofit sector, develops cross border exchanges between Latin American and U.S. foundations, and educates grantmakers about issues affecting Latino communities.
  • Joint Affinity Groups
    Founded in 1993, JAG is a national network of identity-based affinity groups of grantmaking professionals that pursues more equitable funding for all communities. JAG consists of six identity-based affinity groups that together possess decades of experience leading the call to create more racial and social justice within the field of philanthropy: advancing, aligning, and activating work that pursues more equity for diverse communities.