This post originally appeared on the TechSoup blog. We thought our library community could also benefit from Cynthia Adams' advice on grantseeking trends.
In my last blog I talked a bit about transparency and how it will apply to organizations seeking grant awards in 2017. In this post I would like to share my thinking around the importance of demonstrating to the grantmaker that your organization reaches out to, and includes, varying cultures.
Over the past several decades, inclusion has been a hot button for both grantmakers and grantseekers. But recently it has taken on new significance — and I would say new meaning — for many of us.
I think we have all come to realize that just adding a minority seat to your board of directors, or consciously making an attempt to fill that open position with someone from a different cultural background, simply isn’t enough. Both our boards and our staff, not to mention our membership, need to reflect the cultures of the communities where we work and live.