A great source of America's strength is its diversity, and the fact that this diversity is fluid and will keep our demographics continually changing in exciting ways. D5 knows that this diversity represents enormous potential, and to realize it our country and its major institutions -- especially philanthropy -- need to be more inclusive and equitable.
D5 is a five-year effort to grow philanthropy's diversity, equity, and inclusion. The coalition envisions a sector in which foundations draw on the power of diverse staffs and boards to achieve lasting impact, forge genuine partnerships with diverse communities, and increase access to opportunities and resources for all people.
The D5 Coalition efforts are guided by four big sector goals set for philanthropy to achieve by the end of 2015:
* Leaders: Recruit diverse leaders for foundations -- including CEOs, staff, and trustees;
* Action: Identify the best actions to can take in these organizations to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion;
* Funding: Increase funding for diverse communities and ensure that foundations offer all constituencies equal opportunity to access the resources they need;
* Data: Improve data collection and transparency so progress is measurable.
The purpose of the State of the Work series is to inform the field of D5's movement toward these goals, as well as the challenges and obstacles faced. State of the Work 2013 contains four main sections that feature learning profiles, each of which is focused on a particular goal area. This structure serves to illustrate these goals in action and shed light on how organizations are making progress in spite of the tough challenges they face.
The remainder of the report contains ways that readers can take action on these issues, recent D5 achievements and milestones set for 2013, and a list of top-caliber resources on diversity, equity, and inclusion.