When the McKnight Foundation presented its first-ever public diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) statement for board approval in late 2017, one board member wisely reflected, "These are beautiful words. I just hope we can back it up with action."
We couldn't agree more.
Aspiration must transform into action because our communities deserve more than good intentions. We know our credibility rests on a "say-do" continuum, meaning our actions must be consistent with our stated values. Who we are and how we act inside the Foundation's walls must align with the change we expect of others in the outside world.
At McKnight, we are indeed backing up our aspirational words with action. This report lifts up some examples of shifts we've made at the Foundation to tilt toward equity in the three years since the board approved the DEI statement.