Benchmarking Diversity


Benchmarking Diversity: A First Look at New York City Foundations and Nonprofits, a new report from Philanthropy New York, explores the results of a comprehensive survey conducted this past fall and winter in partnership with the Foundation Center to examine the racial, gender, sexuality, and disability staff demographics of participating New York City-area foundations and nonprofits.

The report also looks at grantmaking policies and data collection around diversity and inclusion, examines the institutional capacities of nonprofit organizations, and looks at the range of ways that nonprofits define themselves as “minority-led.”

Philanthropy New York undertook this project because the conversation on diversity had proceeded ungrounded by any research-based knowledge about the racial and ethnic makeup of New York-area nonprofits and foundations. The report represents a first step in building that knowledge rather than a definitive assessment of diversity within foundations and nonprofits, with hope that it will engender considerable discussion within the philanthropic and nonprofit sectors.

The Philanthropy New York blog, Smart Assets, has published a post containing language from Philanthropy New York’s informational preface to the report, a link to a PDF of the report, and several comments from foundation and nonprofit leaders. Smart Assets is a venue in which Philanthropy New York hopes to continue the conversation through comments by readers.

This report provides an opportunity to examine diversity in the philanthropy sector. As an organization, Philanthropy New York is working with several peer regional associations and will continue to look at the issues connected to diversity in philanthropy and provide a forum for meaningful discussion.

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