‘Lets change how we work, who we are and what we fund’

Our focus is on taking action, providing tools for implementation so that we are able to undertake a transformative and generational shift in practice in our sector.

Our Focus

We believe it is imperative for Philanthropy to become more Diverse, Inclusive, and Equitable in its practices for three main reasons:

Advance the common good

Those of us in philanthropy have dedicated ourselves to promoting the common good. Advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in our organisations and grantmaking helps us live up to our values.

Increase effectiveness

Diverse perspectives within foundations can help build better relationships with grantees, improve team problem-solving, and lead to better outcomes.

Enhance impact

Our constituencies, from the communities we serve to our partners in business and government, are becoming increasingly diverse. We need to understand and reflect this rich variety of perspectives in order to achieve greater impact.

Undertaking the process of implementing a holistic DEI framework in a sector or foundation which has no history of this, can be challenging and difficult. In order to convey to others why this is important, how it can make us more effective and what is required, we felt that it was imperative that foundations build a community of support.


Objectives of the Coalition

  • Encourage the sharing of DEI best practice and resources within foundations and more broadly to the philanthropic sector.
  • Enabling teams to develop expertise in this specialist area, with the support of others.
  • Enabling foundations to use a DEI lens in developing grantmaking priorities or programme areas.
  • Empowering foundations to build a supportive organisational and inclusive culture that leads to effective grantmaking, more inclusive systems and better representation.
  • Disseminating the latest research, evaluation, and data in relation to DEI as a tool for learning and impact across the foundation sector.
  • Providing a protected and safe space to discuss challenges, barriers and difficulties in the implementation of practice.

Members of the coalition

The Barrow Cadbury Trust, Lloyds Bank Foundation, City Bridge Trust, National Lottery Community Fund, Children in Need, Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Friends Provident Foundation, Quartet Community Foundation, Milton Keynes Community Foundation, Wiltshire Community Foundation, Surrey Community Foundation, Leeds Community Foundation, Two Ridings Community Foundation, Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust, Comic Relief and Lankelly Chase