What Can I Do About Diversity?

gfbannerLissa Jones, MCF’s director of diversity, equity and inclusion, says this is the question she has been asked most often during 20 years of work on diversity. Her reply:

“No matter who you are or where you work or live, you can make a difference in working for greater diversity, equity and inclusion in our society.”

As Giving Forum‘s editor, I hope the winter issue — devoted to diversity, equity and inclusion — gives each reader ideas about a few changes they can make to truly start moving the needle on this issue in Minnesota.

And, if you’re still not convinced that it really matters to each of us, Giving Forum can help with that too. We asked representatives of the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors: Why is diversity in our work important? We got insightful replies, which we share throughout the issue.

It’s old news that Minnesota has some of the worst racial and ethnic disparities — around education, employment and health — in the country. What will you do to take a step toward greater equity and inclusion in our community? What will your organization do to help our state write some new headlines?

Giving Forum will be in your mailbox soon and is online now. Check it out and let us know what you think and, more importantly, what you’ll do.

- Susan Stehling, MCF communications associate

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