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ABAG Diversity and Inclusion Committee Report to Members

Posted By Elisabeth Hyleck, Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Updated: Tuesday, February 17, 2015

February 17, 2015

By Elisabeth Hyleck, Programs and Initiatives Director

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

The Diversity and Inclusion 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 toward increasing diversity and inclusion.

ABAG recognizes that achieving diversity and inclusion is an ongoing process and must be intentional. To that end, we are pleased to have recently published a report on our 2014 work with the full ABAG membership as well as a dashboard report about 2014 programs through a diversity/equity/inclusion lens. We believe tracking and sharing data sheds light on our work and invites comment and suggestions for improvement, which in turn strengthens it. For instance, feedback has led us to change the categories in 2015 to align with the Census bureau classifications. ABAG members interested in reading these reports should contact me at

For more context about this work, I invite you to read the ABAG Diversity and Inclusion Policy. Also, ABAG is officially a member of the D5 Coalition, a five-year coalition made up of other regional associations of grantmakers, foundations, and infrastructure groups to advance philanthropy’s diversity, equity, and inclusion. We are proud to be a part of and learn from work at a national level.

ABAG is grateful for the leadership, expertise and guidance of dedicated committee members, especially our co-chairs, Debra Rubino of the Open Society Institute - Baltimore and Nonet Sykes of the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

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

Tags:  D5 Coalition  Diversity  Equity  February 2015 Members' Memo  Inclusion 

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Advancing Philanthropy's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Posted By Elisabeth Hyleck, Thursday, September 4, 2014
Updated: Monday, September 15, 2014

September 4, 2014

By Elisabeth Hyleck, Programs and Initiatives Director

ABAG is a member of the D5 Coalition, a five-year effort to advance philanthropy’s diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). 

The D5 Coalition has published a series of research reports to explore the opportunities and challenges facing the field as we work to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion in philanthropy—and illuminate some best practices that are propelling the movement forward. Their reports have explored the role of peer networks in facilitating progress, the career trajectories of people of color in philanthropy, and policies, practices, and programs that advance DEI in philanthropy.

The final report of the series that explores grantmaking practices, "Foundations Facilitate Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Partnering with Community and Nonprofits,” was authored by the OMG Center for Collaborative Learning. It confirms that foundations can, in fact, facilitate DEI through their grantmaking processes and their partnerships with nonprofits—and identifies eight specific practices for foundations to emulate.

The report takes a deep dive into the work of nine foundations that represent a diverse cross-section of types and sizes, and offers useful lessons about how foundations can better partner with nonprofits to be more effective in their work. 

As our constituencies become increasingly diverse, we need to understand and reflect their rich variety of perspectives in order to achieve greater impact. To that end, here at ABAG we are committed to fulfill our mission by supporting the learning of members about issues related to DEI. In fact, we are pleased to present to members the opportunity to attend the following free webinars offered by the D5 Coalition and the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers:

Vision and Voice: The Role of Leadership and Dialogue in Advancing Diversity,
Wednesday, October 22, 1:00 – 2:00 PM

Philanthropy Northwest will share its findings from a research study that explored the complex factors and opportunities that foundation leaders navigate to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion in their foundations. Foundation executives that participated in a peer learning cohort as part of this study will reflect on their experiences and share their own lessons learned for colleagues and the field. This is a free webinar offered by the D5 Coalition and the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers.

Empowering People in Philanthropy to Take Action
Wednesday, November 19, 1:00 – 2:00 PM

Philanthropy cannot meet its potential without harnessing the creativity, strengths, and insights of all members of our society. This webinar will draw upon research conducted by D5 that sheds light on how change happens, specific strategies and resources for taking action, and winning words to start and sustain conversations about diversity, equity, and inclusion. This is a free webinar offered by the D5 Coalition and the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers.

Building Momentum for Data Standards to Tell Philanthropy’s Full Story
Wednesday, December 10,
1:00 – 2:00 PM

Who works in philanthropy? Where do philanthropic dollars go? In our era of big data and in a field that recognizes the importance of data, why has the collection and sharing of demographic data been so elusive? Learn how regional associations and their members are using data conversations and tools to spark efforts to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion in philanthropy, and to strengthen their grantmaking and impacts in communities. This is a free webinar offered by the D5 Coalition and the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers.

To register for any of these webinars, please email Hafizah Omar at the D5 Coalition. 

It’s important for us at ABAG to play a role in equipping philanthropic leaders with information that can help us create a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive field and we remain committed embracing diversity and inclusion in our membership, governance and programs and will continue infuse ABAG's values of diversity, inclusiveness and respect in our work.


For more information on our efforts, click here.

Tags:  Adventures in Philanthropy  D5 Coalition  Diversity  Equity  Inclusion  Members' Memo September 2014 

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