Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

At MPC, equity is at the center of everything we do. It is a core value and underpins our values of learning, relationships, and leadership. Additionally, equity is the foundation of the informed approach we take as we use data, research, and information to do our work.

Equity Commitment

As part of this foundation and our organization’s ongoing commitment to equity, and to create a legal accountability mechanism, MPC added the requirement for a DEI commitment in our most recent by-law review. The commitments outlined in the MPC Equity Commitment are initial ways in which we are committed to uprooting inequitable policy and practice within our organizational structure and creating an organizational culture that centers equity.

Our commitments include action items in our programming and services, governance and operations, and advocacy and leadership, as well as accountability measures. If you would like to share anonymous feedback of how we are doing with our equity commitment, please fill out this form.

Demographic Data and Equity

In response to national and local conversations around equity, demographic data collection, and disparities in funding for organizations led by, founded by, and primarily serving historically marginalized communities, we have added optional, self-selected fields to all membership forms. These fields will be available as filter options in our public Member Directory. We hope this filter will allow funders to discover nonprofits outside their typical network and support nonprofits in finding similar organizations for collaboration.

We have done much research and collaborated with many community partners to create this system of data collection. However, we welcome your thoughts and ideas to continually improve this process. Please send us feedback or questions about this initiative at mpc@mainephilanthropy.org.

Learn more about this initiative.

Programs and Resources

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GCIR Resources for Funders on Immigration

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November 2016
Two fact sheets for funders on immigration developed by Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees and shared at the 10/20/2016 Community-Engaged Grantmaking workshop. The first is Talking Points on Immigration for Funders, the second is a Funders Guide to Grants and Immigration Status.
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Hiding in Plain Sight: Implicit Bias Presentation

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October 2015
A burgeoning field of scholarship suggests that unequal racial, gender, and other outcomes may be partially explained by the implicit, or unconscious, bias held by many of us, particularly key decision-makers, such as doctors, teachers, judges, and philanthropists. From the 2015 Funders Forum, the presentation on implicit bias by speakers Johanna Wald and Andrew Grant-Thomas.
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Responsive Philanthropy Special Issue on Implicit Bias in Philanthropy

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May 2015
A special issue of Responsive Philanthropy devoted to what philanthropy can do to combat implicit bias, or the way in which our unconscious minds shape and contribute to our thoughts and actions. A diverse roster of authors explores how this phenomenon both affects the many challenges we as a society face and its implications for how philanthropy addresses these issues.
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Speak Up: Responding to Everyday Bigotry

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January 2015
A toolkit for responding to everyday bigotry. Developed by the Southern Law Poverty Center, the guide (available in pdf and website formats) provides advice and suggestions for responding to everyday bigotry in a variety of settings-- among family, among friends and neighbors, at work, at school, and in public. In the making of this book, the Southern Poverty Law Center gathered hundreds of stories of everyday bigotry from people across the United States. They told their stories through email, personal interviews and at roundtable discussions in four cities: Baltimore, Md.; Columbia, S.C.;...
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