Philanthropic foundations seeking to strengthen policies, programs and community life in the United States today encounter increasing diversity and widespread economic, social and political disparity. Many have recognized that working effectively in this context calls for explicit attention to the values of inclusiveness and equity.
Over the course of our twenty year history, California Tomorrow has been called upon to provide facilitation, expertise and support to numerous foundations in developing their initiatives related to equity and diversity. These have included, for example, support to the Mellon Foundation in designing a strategy to strengthen immigrant education, consultation to the Annie E. Casey Foundation on racial justice issues, conducting research on school reform organizing in California for a consortium of funders, and others.
In 2002, California Tomorrow started our Leading by Example Initiative, working with four community foundations over the course of 20 months to support a process of intensive reflection and dialogue about internal practices and policies in the foundations, and engaging them in a network of peer support as they sought to develop and implement strategies to align their philanthropic practices with their visions of equity and diversity.
Sponsored by the Coalition of Community Foundations for Youth, and with funding from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, this initiative resulted in concrete changes for the four participating foundations (Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, the East Bay Community Foundation, the Greater Milwaukee Foundation, and the Winston-Salem Foundation), as well as a series of tools and publications for the broader field of philanthropy.
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