Diversity / Equity / Inclusion

We seek diversity and inclusiveness in order to reflect the communities served, to ensure that a range of perspectives inform our approaches, and to strengthen our ability to respond effectively to a changing society.

SDG members have a notable history of responding to changing demographics in our diverse region and facilitating the inclusion of all people. To reflect this history and proactively advance the development of a diverse and responsive community, we establish diversity as a core issue and competency for philanthropic entities.


Dr. Robert K. Ross. "Philanthropy, Equity, and The Wizard." The Huffington Post. March 6, 2017.

Deborah Harrington. "Why Grantmaking Using a Racial Equity Lens is More Important Now Than Ever." Chicago African Americans in Philanthropy. November 23, 2016.

Tamara Lucas Copeland. "Nonprofits Need to Talk About Race, Not Just Diversity." The Daily WRAG. May 12, 2016

Allen, Tonya and Robert Ross. "Nine Ways Foundations Can Help Men and Boys of Color." The Chronicle of Philanthropy. Feb. 18, 2016.

Haberman, Audrey and Sindhu Knotz. "Five Ways to Improve Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at Family Foundations." Philanthropy Northwest blog. Feb. 17, 2016.


Program and other related materials from the program, Informing the National Perspective on Immigration Reform.

Program and other related materials from the 2018 Summit on Advancing Gender Equity.

Program materials from RACE COUNTS: A New Data Tool for Grantmaking.

In this presentation called "Ten Lessons for Talking About Equity in a New Era," Alan Jenkins of The Opportunity Agenda shared best practices and new approaches for moving hearts and minds and promoting solutions that advance equity across issues and communities.  He also shared the results of new public opinion and media research, highlight relevant case studies, and offer practical tips designed for donors and those they support.

Policy Link has released their report, “Creating Change through Arts, Culture, and Equitable Development: A Policy and Practice Primer” that highlights both promising and proven practices that demonstrate equity-focused arts and culture policies, strategies, and tools. 


Diversity / Equity / Inclusion programming coming soon. In the meantime, take a look at our past events.


Tuesday, October 24, 2017

"They call this work; we call this living.”


Wednesday, February 24, 2016

A new pooled grantmaking fund awarded its first round of grants totaling $320,000 to nonprofit collaborative efforts that support civic engagement, at-risk youth, workplace rights, and connecting families to available public benefits.