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Dealing with Diversity: Building Skill Sets in Institutions a nd Communities to Manage Demographic Change Suk Rhee VP, Planning & Operations Northwest Health Foundation October 11, 2012 Grantmakers for Children , Youth and Families. nwhf.org/resources

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Dealing with diversity building skill sets in institutions a nd communities to manage

Dealing with Diversity:

Building Skill Sets in Institutions

and Communities to Manage

Demographic Change

Suk Rhee

VP, Planning & Operations

Northwest Health Foundation

October 11, 2012

Grantmakers for

Children, Youth

and Families


Dealing with diversity building skill sets in institutions a nd communities to manage

nwhf.org/resources

http://www.coalitioncommunitiescolor.org/index.html


Dealing with diversity building skill sets in institutions a nd communities to manage

“Existing data that informs decision making in Multnomah County inadequately captures the lived experiences of communities of color. Rarely do existing reports include dimensions of race and ethnicity.

Much research has been undertaken without the involvement of those most affected by the decisions guided by the research. The impact is that communities of color are rarely visible at the level of policy.

Data has been used to obscure and oppress rather than to empower communities and eliminate disparities. This is not acceptable, and leads to inequitable policy and devastating outcomes for people of color.”


Dealing with diversity building skill sets in institutions a nd communities to manage

A summary of the variance between Multnomah county and King county, located only 170 miles to our north:

Average “worse” 33.2%


Dealing with diversity building skill sets in institutions a nd communities to manage

Who are you gonna believe, me or your own eyes?



Dealing with diversity building skill sets in institutions a nd communities to manage

Many of the most important issues that foundations are working on disproportionately affect people of color and other historically marginalized populations—issues like poverty, homelessness, unemployment, environmental degradation, education and health care disparities, access to arts and cultural opportunities, and more.

When envisioning Oregon a generation from now, what role will grantmakers play?

This report...is intended to be a catalyst for collective learning through the establishment of baseline data to guide ongoing conversations, rather than a definitive assessment of funding patterns.


Dealing with diversity building skill sets in institutions a nd communities to manage

Key Findings:

Grantmaking to Communities of Color

Estimated giving


Dealing with diversity building skill sets in institutions a nd communities to manage

Key Findings:

Grantmaking to Communities of Color

Giving is significantly disproportionate to actual populations


Dealing with diversity building skill sets in institutions a nd communities to manage

Like communities of color in Oregon, foundations are diverse… …there are a variety of pressures and limitations that characterize the philanthropic sector…We know that the sector does not make decisions as a sector.

…each foundation is in a unique place with a distinct capacity to participate in discussions about the nature and impact of grantmakingand community needs.

Our intention is to meet foundations where they are and propose recommendations to stimulate dialogue that will lead to opportunities for improved mutual understanding and for more effective grantmakingto communities of color.


Dealing with diversity building skill sets in institutions a nd communities to manage

The 20 recommendations fall within four categories:

• Commit to racial equity and the elimination of racial disparities

• Engage in philanthropy-community partnerships to identify strategic investment opportunities

• Ensure funding structures and opportunities are responsive to communities of color and targeted to produce the greatest impact

• Adopt standardized culturally-sensitive data and research practices to ensure data practices can assess impacts of investment


Dealing with diversity building skill sets in institutions a nd communities to manage

So what?

Three questions:

How is this related to our missions, current work and future goals?

If this continues without change, what kind of future are we creating?

How can we work toward a more equitable and inclusive future?