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Leading by Example: Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity in Community Foundations

If you’re unfamiliar with one of the first initiatives to support the DEI work of community foundations – or simply need some great tools to consider how your clients could approach new work – then this report from CFLeads (formerly Coalition of Community Foundations for Youth) is a terrific, albeit older, resource. In addition to discussing what it takes to organize a strategic alignment process on DEI issues, it also looks at specific departmental activities, focusing on opportunities and challenges in donor development, grantmaking, community leadership, and business practices. The report describes key lessons, stories of change within foundations, and individual perspectives from CEOs, trustees, and staff about the work they did as part of the process.