Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (D.E.I.)

Diversity is defined as a value that brings unique perspectives of life experience to the decision-making table. Diversity focuses particularly on:

  • Racial and ethnic groups (Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, Hispanics/Latinx, African Americans and other blacks, and American Indians and Alaska Natives)
  • LGBT populations
  • People with disabilities
  • Women and womxn (trans and non-binary inclusive)
  • Geography (rural)

Equity promotes justice, impartiality, and fairness within procedures and processes of institutions or systems, as well as in their distribution of resources. Tackling equity issues requires an understanding of the root causes of outcome disparities within our society.

Inclusion is the degree to which individuals with diverse perspectives and backgrounds are able to participate fully in the decision-making processes of an organization or group. While a truly inclusive group is necessarily diverse, a diverse group may or may not be “inclusive.”

2022 D.E.I. Programs

Our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Affinity Networks are spaces for MCF Members to build a community with those who have shared identities. In 2021 we will focus on race and ethnicity and geography through the People of Color Network and the Rural Funders Network.

MCF is currently hosting Transforming Philanthropy: Learning Community of Practice (adapted from Transforming White Privilege curriculum), a members only intensive blended learning experience designed to help current and emerging leaders within the philanthropic sector to better identify and productively address white privilege and its consequences in their many different spheres of influence. Learn more about Transforming Philanthropy.

Learn More

To learn more about MCF’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion programs and practices, contact Pablo Obgreon, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Director, at 612.335.3556.