Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

The Dayton Foundation seeks to advance community philanthropy and provide leadership to meet changing needs in our region. We are committed to decreasing disparities and advancing equity in the communities we serve. It is through this equity lens that the Foundation works to promote fairness and eliminate injustices. The Foundation’s ability to achieve this mission can best be pursued with staff and volunteers that include individuals of diverse backgrounds, beliefs, and perspectives. The Dayton Foundation believes that diversity encompasses, but is not limited to, ethnicity, race, age, gender identity, sexual orientation, economic circumstance, physical and mental abilities and characteristics, and philosophy.

The Dayton Foundation respects and celebrates diversity and its important role in contributing to a healthy, caring and equitable community. The Foundation commits its resources to change in ways that signal to groups with diverse cultures, philosophies, and experiences that they are welcome partners in the efforts to foster inclusion.

The Dayton Foundation’s committment to fostering an organization that respects and appreciates diversity, equity and inclusion in its many forms, is defined above and outlined in its Values/Core Beliefs. To that end:

  • Core Equity Value: Eliminate injustices.
  • Commitment: Eliminate injustices by addressing disparities and advancing equity in the communities we serve.
  • Aspiration: To accelerate and influence change.
  • Mutual Respect: Within the parameters of our core values, we are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion; and we fundamentally value and respect experiences that are different from our own.
  • Freedom and Flexibility: We promote a broad approach to diversity and consider this when hiring staff members, appointing board and committee members, and utilizing volunteers.
  • Knowledge and Creativity: By increasing diversity, equity, and inclusion, we believe we will access more expansive and varied ideas, information, and perspectives, making us more creative and informed grant makers.
  • Strategic Approach: To achieve our aims, we believe it is necessary to be strategic and intentional in formalizing and pursuing meaningful goals as central aspects of our governance and programming.
  • Transparency: We believe we have a responsibility to society and our sector to achieve our goals with honesty and transparency, regularly reporting progress and lessons learned along the way.

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File date: 04.25.22


Michael and Debbie Carter

“Michael and I share a belief that it’s important to help others. Sometimes it’s by buying books for a school library or it’s writing a check. The Dayton Foundation and the African-American Community Fund provide vehicles for us to contribute to causes that are important to us and a way for us to continue to support those causes that we care about.” – Michael and Debbie Carter African-American Community Fund donors. Debbie also is the president for the AACF Advisory Board and has been a member since 2017

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