Hewlett Foundation OE-DEI Grants Final Report

Hewlett Foundation OE-DEI Grants Final Report

The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation's grantmaking around diversity, equity, and inclusion (OE-DEI) has helped strengthen grantee capacity to foster organizational inclusiveness and apply an equity lens to programs and services, an evaluation finds. Authored by Community Wealth Partners, The Hewlett Foundation OE-DEI Grants Final Report (46 pages, PDF) found that as of mid-2019 nearly two hundred OE-DEI grants totaling $9.5 million had supported efforts at seventy-seven nonprofits largely focused around three themes: training staff, developing an organizational philosophy or ethos around DEI, and conducting assessments related to DEI. Among other things, the evaluation found that many grantees reported using the funds to launch early-stage projects aimed at increasing understanding among staff and management of systemic racism and how it manifests itself in communities and organizations and to build new skills that contribute to a more inclusive culture such as constructive listening. With respect to mid- to later-stage projects, investments in capacity focused on bringing greater equity to programs and services through things like "train the trainer" offerings and skill-building sessions aimed at helping staff engage more effectively with community members. The report also highlights lessons learned and considerations for funders supporting DEI-related capacity building, including the need to be flexible and meet grantees where they are, provide a space for peer learning, and adopt equitable practices within its own organization, as well as for grantees, including the need to be clear on how DEI is linked to the organization's mission and vision, the importance of leadership buy-in and shared ownership, and putting focus on depth over breadth.