KaberiShifting Demographics

By: Kaberi Banerjee-Murthy In: 2009 Annual Conference| Diversity and Inclusion

5 May 2009

At the end of the day yesterday, I stood with a group of funders of color who were waiting for the shuttle and surveyed the scene around them.  One commented on how the composition of the room had changed drastically in 24 hours: “older, whiter, more male.”  Over the weekend, a number of diverse grantmakers and younger practitioners participated in the affinity group meetings and NextGen pre-conference activities. I heard many observe that the diverse composition of the “All for One” Reception (hosted by the identity- and issue-specific affinity groups) on Sunday night was markedly different from the composition of the Networking Event on Monday night.  The group wistfully wondered what it would take for the entire conference to look like “All for One.”

As we think of inclusion and diversity, as we talk about championing the leadership of the next generation, how do we build our field in an intentional way for significant change?  In addition to bringing new people into the sector, how do we also weave a strong network across all parts of the funding community?

Kaberi Banerjee-Murthy is a board member of Resource Generation.

1 Response to Shifting Demographics

Archana

May 9th, 2009 at 7:45 pm

Thanks for raising some important questions on a topic near and dear to my heart. Foundation diversity seems to be on everyone’s mind. I think private foundations need to continue creating fellowship programs for young minority program officers to learn the business since entry into the foundation world always feel less-than-transparent. Also, grantmakers should figure out ways to demand diversity among their grantees - particularly traditionally non-diverse grantees.

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