Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion


Why We Share Our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Strategy

The Jim Joseph Foundation believes that Jewish learning and the Jewish community will be richer when leaders, educators, and participants better reflect the full diversity of today’s Jewish population. Working toward this vision has been a priority of the Foundation for many years. We became more explicit about this work when we updated our strategy in 2019 and added “engaging diverse voices and partners” as one of our core guiding principles.

At that time, we committed to prioritizing this principle in all our grantmaking strategies, in our hands-on work with grantee-partners, and in every department of the Foundation. Today, the desire to hear and learn from diverse voices and perspectives is part of the DNA of the Foundation. This practice is resonant with Jewish learning and is enshrined in the Talmud (primary source of Jewish religious law and theology) where different voices engage over the years through their own lived experience and context. There are many approaches that nonprofits utilize for culture change work. We hope that the information below offers a helpful look into what the Jim Joseph Foundation has done and continues to do in this space.

The Jim Joseph Foundation utilizes many resources from grantee-partners, peer funders, and others in the field to inform its approach to DEI. We are always learning and welcome others to learn with us. For more information, please reach out to [email protected].