Why is EDI important to OCF?
The mission of The Oregon Community Foundation is to improve lives for all Oregonians through the power of philanthropy. OCF aspires to pursue its mission across all Oregon communities and populations. These communities are far more diverse and complex than they were throughout much of the state’s history and in coming times will reflect the diversity of the world.
OCF believes that persistent disparities based on such characteristics as race, gender, national origin, ethnicity, culture, disability, age, faith, gender identity and sexual orientation, together with barriers imposed by poverty, prevent OCF’s vision of a healthy, thriving, sustainable Oregon from being fully realized.
How does OCF define equity, diversity and inclusion?
Equity promotes justice, impartiality and fairness within the procedures, processes, and distribution of resources by institutions or systems. Tackling equity issues requires an understanding of the underlying or root causes of outcome disparities within our society.
Diversity refers to a broad representation of a community’s demographic mix, taking into account elements of human difference focusing on racial and ethnic groups, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, abilities and disabilities, religion, age and perspectives arising from different backgrounds.
Inclusion refers to the degree to which diverse individuals are able to participate fully in the decision-making processes within an organization or group. While a truly “inclusive” group is necessarily diverse, a “diverse” group may or may not be “inclusive.”
What are we doing about it?
OCF has prioritized equity, diversity and inclusion. As part of this commitment, we have an active staff equity committee who plays an important role in being champions for EDI at OCF and ensuring that the commitment OCF has made translates to tangible action. We have a board equity committee that reinforces our organization’s direction and progress in this work.
We have developed an EDI framework to guide our efforts.