In 2008, in its quest to improve the effectiveness of its grants portfolio and institutional operations, The California Endowment contracted with Social Policy Research Associates (SPR) to complete an internal assessment of its diversity policies and practices.
Based on gathering recommendations of foundations known for their concerted focus on diversity and inclusivity, SPR conducted a national scan that included eight interviews with foundation leaders and reviews of 45 foundations’ online materials.
The initial goal was to provide The Endowment's leaders with a panorama of how other foundations address diversity within their institutions.
Philanthropists have made strides in the development of policy statements and procedures that incorporate diversity into both grantmaking and organizational practices. The scan yielded such innovative examples that The Endowment believed other funders might also benefit from their dialogue and engagement around issue of diversity, equity, and social justice. The result is this Foundation Diversity Policies and Practices Toolkit.