D5 Coalition Issues Final 'State of the Work' Report

The D5 Coalition — a five-year initiative launched in 2010 to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in philanthropy — has announced the release of its final report, which details the progress the field has made in advancing DEI.

The report, State of the Work (40 pages, PDF), features stories about philanthropic leaders, foundations, and other organizations taking meaningful action to advance DEI, including the Meyer Memorial Trust, Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque, Minnesota Council on Foundations, and philanthropist Ana Valdez. The successes include improved systems for collecting sector-wide demographic data to inform and advance inclusion, with Foundation Center, GuideStar, and various regional associations and affinity groups working together to align their systems and lower barriers to collecting and sharing such data. The report also found that a broader range of foundations and other stakeholders are now engaged in the DEI conversation, while pointing out that more needs to be done. For example, people of color continue to be underrepresented at the foundation CEO and trustee levels, even as the U.S. workforce overall grows more diverse.

"For our final report, we wanted to leave the field with stories and voices of leaders who have taken action to advance DEI, which will hopefully inspire others to do the same," said D5 Coalition director Kelly Brown. "Storytelling is one of the most powerful ways to inspire action and change. We hope people working within foundations — whether they are a CEO, an HR manager, or a program officer — draw on the important lessons from these stories and apply them to their own unique situations."