Over 90% of Impact 100’s membership is white. We will do a better job of making grants that serve our diverse community if we have more diversity in our organization. To accomplish this goal, we are having a series of Diversity Mixers. These are informal happy hours and coffee breaks to attract women of color to Impact 100. At our first event on April 4, more than 60 women of color attended to learn more about our organization. We will host two more mixers this year.

How will being more diverse and inclusive help us achieve our Impact 100 goals and grow a stronger organization? That was the topic of this year’s Education Event on April 30. More than 100 women attended and were inspired by speakers Sherman Bradley, who discussed Implicit Bias; Dora Anim, who shared Greater Cincinnati Foundation’s Racial Equity Matters Training; and Eileen Cooper-Reed who reviewed the report on Equity as the Path to Prosperity. We also heard from Melanie Gomez, leader of City Gospel Mission’s Little Village project being funded by Impact 100. Melanie talked about how diversity was considered in selecting the location and designing the program in the project.  Read about the calls-to-action issued by the presenters here.

Next we will develop plans for incorporating equity into our grantmaking processes. Watch for more information about that.

We have an active and engaged DEI committee, but there is always room for more. We meet every fourth Thursday at 4 p.m. Please join us and email Deepika for location details.

The DEI journey has just begun.  If you can’t attend a meeting, send your suggestions and comments to DEI Committee Chair Deepika Andavarapu at equity@impact100.org.