Regarding the Diversity Section – What kind of information do you want?

When we ask for diversity information in the final section of the proposal narrative, basically what we want to know is if your organization is committed to diversity and how so. Most organizations include their diversity statement in this section.  Also, most grant reviewers are very interested in knowing the diversity of staff members who will be working on the project for which you are requesting funding. You may also want to include the diversity of your Board (if it is diverse); or, if your Board is not very diverse in terms of ethnicity and gender, then you could use this section to indicate how your organization plans to improve upon that in the future.

The following is the Health Care Foundation’s diversity statement and should be considered a good example:

“The Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City (HCF) is committed to promoting diversity and cultural competency in its programming, personnel and employment practices, and governance. It views diversity as a fundamental element of social justice and integral to its mission of helping health and health care providers improve Greater Kansas City's health. Diverse voices and viewpoints deepen our understanding of differences in health outcomes and health care delivery, and strengthen our ability to fashion just solutions. The Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City uses the term, diversity, broadly to encompass both differences in the attributes of individuals (such as race, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, physical ability, religion, and socioeconomic status) and of organizations (foundations and giving programs of differing sizes, missions, geographic locations, and approaches to grantmaking).”

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