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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

In response to the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, Ahmaud Arbery, and countless other Black individuals, we have seen a call to end systemic racism, police brutality, and injustice. To explore philanthropy's role in fighting against racism and injustice, CNJG is sharing information about upcoming programs that we and our Philanthropy-Serving Organizations are presenting and other resources below. While some programs or resources have been organized in direct response to recent protests and calls for action, all are part of a longer conversation on racism in our country and within our sector. As CNJG weaves equity into all of our work, we look forward to continuing these conversations with you.

We realize this is not a comprehensive list, and we are posting items that CNJG staff sees, which is not nearly enough. We ask that our members, especially those who are black and brown, to help us find articles written by, resources created by, and programs led by people of color. Share those resources by emailing us. This page is just a part of our work in equity. We created this page as one starting point for New Jersey’s philanthropic community to engage in conversations, do background reading, attend programs, learn, and take action.

For those members interested in continuing the conversations, we invite you to join our Racial Equity listserve, by emailing Craig Weinrich. On that listserve, members can share information, resources, and opportunities that are helpful to the funding community.


Visit these Websites

Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (AAPIP) Resource Directory
This Supporting API Communities Resource Directory was developed to mobilize the philanthropic sector towards meaningful action in the midst of heightened violence and hate targeting Asian American communities.

Fund the People Toolkit
Tips, resources, and a toolkit on “talent justice” in the nonprofit workforce.

Participatory Grantmaking
A curated list of resources and articles from Candid on the movement of participatory grantmaking that engages the community in the grantmaking process.

The Power of Asset Framing: A Conversation with Trabian Shorters
This blog post by the Skillman Foundation contains a series of short videos by Trabian Shorters, founder and CEO of BMe Community, who describes shifts in narrative that all philanthropy should consider.

Putting Racism on the Table
This site created by the Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers is the inspiration for CNJG’s Race, Racism and the Ramifications for Philanthropy Series.

Race to Lead Series
A site with reports and surveys on the racial leadership gap in the nonprofit sector.

Stanford Social Innovation Review
The Struggle to Overcome Racism, a list of resources to help leaders of social change and activists.

Trust-Based Philanthropy Project
A peer-to-peer learning and advocacy initiative to make philanthropy more based on trust.


Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Resources

What’s Next for Philanthropy in the 2020s: Seeing Philanthropy in a New Light

Based on interviews with more than two hundred philanthropy executives, practitioners, donors, board members, experts, and grantees around the world, this report, What's Next for Philanthropy in the 2020s: Seeing Philanthropy in a New Light, identified seven "big shifts" that could create fundamental change in the philanthropic landscape.

Publication Date: 
November, 2021
A Starting List to Invest for Racial Equity

Bridgespan published this list of racial-equity funds that emerged from their experience, at the request of multiple funds and potential investors, and alongside the launch of a new racial-equity theme in the IRIS+ family of impact measurement and management guides. It comprises more than 160 funds that explicitly seek to improve the livelihoods of individuals who are Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) and their communities.

Publication Date: 
November, 2021
Reimaging Capacity Building: Navigating Culture, Systems & Power

This publication builds on the principles outlined in Strengthening Nonprofit Capacity and will take a critical look at the ways in which capacity-building practices can be grounded in approaches that acknowledge and center racial equity.

Publication Date: 
October, 2021
Mind the Gap: Exploring the Role of Diversity and Racial Equity in Leanly Staffed Foundations

This survey shows a clear relationship between a focus on racial equity and good grantmaking and governance practices. Even though a growing number of funders are focusing on racial equity, foundation boards and staff lack racial diversity. To be powerful allies in the movement for racial equity, leanly staffed foundations must evaluate themselves first.

Publication Date: 
October, 2021
2020 Diversity Among Philanthropic Professionals Report

This second edition of the Diversity Among Philanthropic Professionals (DAPP) Report offers a snapshot of the philanthropic sector’s workforce in a very specific space and time — in the chaotic year that was 2020.

Publication Date: 
August, 2021
RWJF Racism and Health Collection

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation published this collection of resources, perspectives, and articles on how racism affects our collective and individual health.

Publication Date: 
July, 2021
How to Collect and Share DEI Data

This “How to Collect and Share DEI Data” guide is a resource for the field and has been written with nonprofits who want to start collecting their organization’s data in mind.

Publication Date: 
June, 2021
2020 New Jersey Philanthropy Benefits & Salary Summary Report

The 2020 New Jersey Philanthropy Benefits & Salary Report provides a valuable benchmarking resource. Developed and compiled for CNJG members exclusively, the report presents comprehensive benefits data specific to New Jersey's grantmaking community, alongside data from the Council on Foundations' annual salary survey

Publication Date: 
January, 2021
Racial Equity Case Stories

We provide space for our members to connect, learn and share together on how to effectively address racial equity in their work as philanthropy-serving organizations (PSOs), and works to share our members’ learnings with the broader philanthropy field. As part of these efforts, we are pleased to share case stories from our members about their racial equity work.

Publication Date: 
December, 2020
Centering Equity in Intermediary Relationships: An Opportunity for Funders

This report explores the ways in which the ecosystem of funders and intermediaries can better support these groups—which we’re calling “constituent-led groups”—who do their work without formal 501c3 status and are often led by and supporting historically oppressed communities.

Publication Date: 
August, 2020
Guiding a Giving Response to Anti-Black Injustice

This memo offers funders potential paths to invest in organizations and movements within the Black-led racial justice ecosystem. It provides principles for giving and highlights priority investment areas and example organizations within those areas.

Publication Date: 
August, 2020
Resonance: A Framework for Philanthropic Transformation

Resonance: A Framework for Philanthropic Transformation is a guide to support you and your philanthropic organization in accelerating a Just Transition by reducing extractive practices and increasing regenerative practices.

Publication Date: 
July, 2020
​Dismantling Racism Works

The resources ​Dismantling Racism Works generated over their 12 years working with hundreds of activists, leaders, and community members  is now available as a web-based workbook and is offered as a resource to the community.

Publication Date: 
June, 2020
New Jersey Non-Profit Diversity Report

This study underscores the enormous challenges facing the non-profit community to overcome deep- seated inequities in leadership, recruitment and retention.

Publication Date: 
November, 2019