D5 Coalition Co-Chairs Address Myths Surrounding Diversity in Philanthropy
Posted on: April 11, 2011
In an opinion piece published in The Chronicle of Philanthropy, D5 Coalition co-chairs Stephen Heintz, president of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Robert Ross, president and CEO of The California Endowment, and Sterling Spiern, president and CEO of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, are calling on foundations to make changes in their operations and grantmaking by doing more to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion. The editorial exposes three myths that foundation leaders have encountered, and was published in conjunction with the release of State of the Work 2011, the first report of an annual series that aims to help foundations map the state of diversity in philanthropy. This year's publication features an article about the RBF's internal assessment of its diversity practices.
The co-chairs lead a coalition of 18 national and regional philanthropic organizations, who are working toward substantial diversity changes by 2015, five years after the coalition was established.