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.”

2020 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 2020 we will focus on race and ethnicity and geography through the People of Color Network and the Rural Funders Network.

Learn More

To learn more about MCF’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion programs and practices, contact Camille Caster-Cyprian, Director of D.E.I. at 612.335.3556.