Cultural Diversity

The Dayton Foundation seeks to advance community philanthropy and provide leadership to meet changing needs in our region. The Foundation’s ability to achieve this mission and to foster a commitment to excellence 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 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 is committed to fostering an organization that respects and appreciates diversity in its many forms, as defined above and as outlined in its Values/Core Beliefs. To that end:

  • 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, when appointing board and committee members, and when 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 diversity 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.

Employment Procedures:

  • Strive to include qualified diverse candidates in the applicant pool and selection process.
  • Post positions with organizations and at local area community centers that cater to various diverse groups i.e. NAACP, The Dayton Urban League, and the Job Center.
  • When posting ads for open positions, make statement that organization is an employer who encourages applications from diverse segments of population i.e. The Dayton Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE) and we value diversity. The Dayton Foundation is committed to hiring individuals who reflect diversity of the communities we serve.
  • Network face-to face with groups and individuals that could make referrals when vacancies occur.
  • Post positions at colleges that cater to various ethnic or diverse populations i.e. Wilberforce University and Central State University.
  • List openings with appropriate professional organizations per position that would cater to diverse populations, i.e. American Business Women’s Association, National Diversity Council, Black MBA Association, Parity, Inc., etc.
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File date: 01.13.20


Karma Winburn

“When I contribute to a cause that matters to me, I'm making a difference in someone's life. A community foundation shares in this role and has the power to enhance a community through charitable giving and to connect individuals to the needs of others.” – Karma Winburn, Dayton Foundation donor since 2004

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