A Beginner's Workshop to Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Within Your Organization

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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) can no longer be relegated to a one-time conversation that some grantmakers chose, or rest at a specially designated fund that is launched without ongoing internal work. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion must be the way  grantmakers approach their mission, their internal-to-external work and their deployment of varied resources. Foundations are ready, through careful inquiry and intentional open dialogue, to operationalize some practices that create a robust, authentic exchange of ideas and move the dialogue to action in grantmaking practices. But how  do we do this? 
During a webinar we hosted last month,  DEI in Philanthropy, an overwhelming majority of foundation staff and leadership cited needing help with facilitating internal DEI discussions and moving dialogue into action. We can help. 

The Impact and Sustainability team at Network for Good will be hosting a DEI training workshop for organizations that are early in their DEI Journey on Thursday, November 12thTogether, we will:

1) Uncover the importance of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in grantmaking
2) Discuss how to begin internal conversations centered around DEI 
3) Share how to move from internal conversation to external action



Although this webinar was in the past, you can still view the discussion! 
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Your Host

Maria Azuri, LMSW

Maria is the Senior Director of Impact and Sustainability at Network for Good, where she connects and provides the diverse social sector with the tools, resources and knowledge it needs to strengthen and elevate the reach of philanthropy through strong capacity building, partnerships and cross-sector initiativesMaria prioritizes long-term strength, sustainability and impact throughout every aspect of strategy, impact and leadership. She is a subject matter expert in nonprofit organizational excellence and intersecting social work/community-based organizational practice, bringing over 20 years of recognized expertise in organizational development, fundraising and leadership 


She has created and led programming within diverse social issues ranging from mental and public health, education, criminal justice, immigration, and social entrepreneurship. She brings a deep passion and commitment to community vitality through emphasizing strong and sustainable programming, innovative philanthropic partnerships and strategic multi-sector collaborations that are relevant and practical. Maria is known for her ability to forge strong relationships and steward partnerships that energize and impact grantees and funders alike 


Prior to this role, Maria worked as the Regional Director at Candid where she connected social sector professionals to the resources needed to thriveat the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs as the inaugural Director of Programming, where she created successful municipal-community programs while also generating new funding streams and multi-agency initiatives. She is also an adjunct instructor at Georgia State University’s Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, where she teaches Grantwriting and Fundraising at the graduate level and has also taught at the School of Social Work. 

Resources for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Grantmaking

This blog series invites you to go inward with ourselves, our colleagues, our board, our teams, and our sector to examine beliefs, goals, and values that under-gird grantmaking.

The Foundation collaborated with Network for Good and local capacity building provider, Momentum Nonprofit Partners, to create measurable and lasting change working towards a common goal: transforming Memphis into a healthy, vibrant city where all people have the opportunity to thrive.