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ABAG Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee 2017/2018 Report to Members

Posted By Elisabeth Hyleck, Director of Learning and Engagement , Friday, April 6, 2018

The Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers’ mission is to maximize the impact of giving on community life through a growing network of diverse, informed and effective philanthropists. ABAG is committed to fulfill its mission by embracing diversity and inclusion and focusing on racial equity in its governance and programs.

ABAG recognizes that achieving diversity, racial equity, and inclusiveness is an ongoing process, which requires intentionality and explicitness. The Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Committee meets quarterly to infuse ABAG's values of diversity, inclusiveness and respect in our work and is charged with guiding, evaluating, and sharing information about ABAG’s work in accordance with our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Policy. Please let me know if you would like to join the EDI Committee!

Since 2011, the Committee has led a learning agenda around racial equity, for itself and for the broader ABAG membership. A highlight from 2017 was our Philanthropy and Racial Equity Program Series. Over the course of the five programs in the series, we had 90 unique attendees, representing 36 unique organizations from community, private, family foundations and corporate funders participate. Moreover, 20 people participated in more than one event in the series! Please read more about our accomplishments in 2017 and plans for 2018 in our 2017 Report/2018 Work Plan.

In 2017, we thanked Nonet Sykes of the Annie E. Casey Foundation for her long service as one of the committee’s co-chairs and welcomed Michael Arnst of the Blaustein Philanthropic Group to that role. He serves alongside the continuing co-chair, Tracey Barbour-Gillett of the Abell Foundation. ABAG is grateful for the leadership, expertise and guidance of all our dedicated committee members.

If you have any questions, thoughts or suggestions regarding ABAG’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee, please contact me: Elisabeth Hyleck, or 410/727-1205 x 1211.

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