Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

Like most non-profits and foundations, the Merck Family Fund has been asking and applauding the efforts of grantees to pursue diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI).  It is important for a variety of reasons from the shifting demographics (by 2043, there will be no racial/ethnic group that comprises a majority), to maximizing the skills, creativity, and political power of all communities. 


Like most transformations, the process is different for everyone and takes time.  Fortunately, there has been plenty of literature to help pave the way.  From committees to metrics, case studies to convenings, the steps can be quite clear and, in all cases, intentional. This page is intended to provide a running list of resources, mostly aimed at the environmental sector, as a starting or affirming point for those on the journey. Please let us know if we should add others.

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Wage Equity Matters - A Deeper Analysis of Compensation and Benefits Data from Valuing Our Nonprofit Workforce

2018 report by Nora Berson and Lyn Freundlich looks closer at the TSNE MissionWorks data relating to wage equity and racial and gender demographics in the nonprofit sector.

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Coalition working to increase DEI within Philanthropy.

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Initiative to diversify the environmental movement. NGO Score Card : 2017 Green 2.0 report on diversity of top 40 environmental NGOs.


nonprofit diversity efforts - current practices and the role of foundations

2018 report by The Center for Effective Philanthropy sharing results from surveying nonprofit organizations efforts towards diversity and foundation funders support of those efforts

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From Words to Action - A Practical Philanthropic Guide to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

2018 report by Barbara Chow about incorporating diversity, equity and inclusion into grant making, which was recently published by Grantcraft. The guide includes sections on supporting existing grantees, new grantee identification and selection, and integrating diversity, equity and inclusion in philanthropy. 

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diversity in environmental organizations

2018 report by Dr. Dorceta E. Taylor about what changes have occurred in environmental organizations regarding DEI since the 2014 report. 

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Beyond diversity

2017 report by Dr. Maya A. Beasley sharing best practices for diversity and inclusion in the environmental sector.

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Race to Lead: Confronting the Nonprofit Racial Leadership Gap

2017 report by Sean Thomas-Breitfeld & Frances Kunreuther about the underlying barriers for people of color to the nonprofit field.

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For our future

2016 report by Green Leadership Trust on how boards can support DEI in environmental organizations.

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State of diversity in environmental organizations

2014 report by Dr. Dorceta E. Taylor about the recruitment & diversity initiatives, reflections by professionals, and contextual history.