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Connecting Tomorrow's Leaders: Advance Your DEI Work Through Board Diversity

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Through carefully curated programs and partnerships, The Gifford Foundation has created a mechanism to bring board development and community engagement full circle. On the individual level, their Nourishing Tomorrow’s Leaders (NTL) program trains participants to be effective board members and connects them with nonprofits with open board seats. On the agency level, they organize and sponsor board development workshops that teach existing governance committees how to support and welcome new voices, recognize and overcome oppressive group dynamics, and build DEI work into their strategic planning. Finally, on the grantmaking level, they have refined their application process to more accurately assess whether grantees have inclusive leadership that is representative of the communities they serve.


Maximilian Eyle | Communications and Grants Specialist, The Gifford Foundation

Sheria Walker | Program Administrator, The Gifford Foundation

About the Author

Aaron Spevacek is a Product Implementation Engineer at Foundant Technologies. In this role he advises foundations and other grantmaking organizations on efficiency and best practices when using grants management software. Prior to working at Foundant, Aaron worked as an Analyst at Strategic Philanthropy, Ltd. in Chicago. He’s also written grant proposals in prior roles with Heartland Alliance in Chicago and Volunteer Alexandria in Alexandria, Virginia.

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