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Our Commitment

Learn how we put our DEI values into action.

How DEI Shows Up in Our Work

  • Vision and Values of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (PDF)
  • Anti-Racism Framework (PDF)
  • MCF's Principles for Philanthropy: View Principle #4: Equity & Justice
  • MCF's current Strategic Framework names various commitments to DEI:
    • We advance Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Anti-Racism throughout MCF and Minnesota’s philanthropic community

    • We are committed to being an anti-racist organization, in both MCF’s own culture and practices, and in our work throughout the MCF community. This commitment is present in everything we do.

    • We are a diverse and inclusive philanthropic community, and that is our power. We are committed to welcoming multiple and diverse perspectives, being inclusive, embracing difference and disagreement, inviting people to both challenge each other and compromise, and finding common ground in our shared Principles for Philanthropy.

How We Define DEI

Diversity is defined as a value that brings unique perspectives of life experience to the decision-making table. At MCF our diversity efforts focus particularly on the following five areas:

  • Racial and ethnic groups (Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, Hispanics/Latinx, African Americans and other blacks, and American Indians and Alaska Natives)
  • LGBTQ 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.”