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Posted By Elisabeth Hyleck, 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 share 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 (Note: The data comes from the perspective of the staff person filling out the survey). 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.

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:  Affinity Groups  D5 Coaltion  Diversity  Equity  February 2015 Members' Memo  Inclusion 

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ABAG Committee News

Posted By Elisabeth Hyleck, Monday, July 11, 2011

Diversity and Inclusion Committee Update – July 2011

Since 2009 a group of members formed the Diversity and Inclusiveness Task Force. Led by co-chairs Pamela King and Monique Dixon of the Open Society Institute-Baltimore, the Task Force guided ABAG through the revision of our Diversity and Inclusiveness Policy and joined together in learning about diversity and inclusiveness in philanthropy and what it means for effective grantmaking.

At its June meeting, the ABAG Board of Directors approved the revised ABAG Diversity and Inclusiveness Policy and made the Task Force a standing committee. The new ABAG Diversity and Inclusion Committee will move forward under the leadership of co-chairs Nonet Sykes of the Annie E. Casey Foundation and Lynn Rauch of the Kentfields Foundation.

The Diversity and Inclusion Committee will meet quarterly to infuse ABAG's values of diversity, Inclusion and respect in our work. More specifically, the Committee will:

  • Continue learning together and support the learning of ABAG members about issues related to diversity and Inclusion; and
  • Guide, evaluate, and share information about ABAG's work toward increasing diversity and Inclusion.

We are excited to be moving forward - and invite you to join with us.

We are interested in having some new faces to our table, so if you would like to be a part of this group, please let us know. Our next Committee meeting will be on Thursday, September 1 from 9:30 until 11:00 AM.

Contact Elisabeth Hyleck with any thoughts or questions about this work.

Tags:  ABAG Committee News  ABAG Committee Updates  Diversity  Inclusion  July/August 2011 Members' Memo 

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