Race, Equity & Inclusion
BCF operates from the knowledge that profound disparities in opportunity exist between people of color and their white counterparts; and we acknowledge the historic and ongoing role that structural racism plays in creating and perpetuating those disparities. That is why we are committed to reducing racial disparities, identifying and combatting structural racism and fostering more equity and inclusion through advocacy, grantmaking, impact investing and special initiatives.
A task force created by the BCF Board of Trustees in 2011 developed a framework for educating trustees, staff, and partners about diversity and inclusion principles and incorporating those principles into our focus areas of schools and neighborhoods. From the outset, the task force recognized that equity and inclusion encompass many factors, however the history of structural racism in the Baltimore region makes it important to focus – at least initially – on race.
Our efforts around race, equity and inclusion (REI) are organized in three categories:
Education – ongoing opportunities for board and staff to develop a common language and understanding of REI issues
Organizational Development – an examination of BCF policies and practices with regard to race, equity, and inclusion
Grantmaking – an exploration of how REI considerations can be embedded into BCF’s community investment work in the areas of neighborhoods and education; and strategies for encouraging BCF grantees to consider REI in their work