DivErsity, Equity, and Inclusion
As a network, CBFN has made equity in environmental grantmaking a priority and will explore and implement strategies necessary to move members individually and collectively along a journey to operationalize diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice with-in their organizations and grantmaking processes and programs.
In May 2017, the Chesapeake Bay Trust, the Chesapeake Bay Funders Network, and the Choose Clean Water Coalition launched a significant, collaborative initiative to assess the state of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) among organizations working on environmental issues in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed and to develop a DEIJ Guide with recommendations for how organizations working on environmental issues and the funders who support them, can increase DEIJ within their organizations. This effort represented the first assessment effort of its kind within the Chesapeake Bay Watershed restoration community. The impetus for launching this initiative grew out of several DEIJ efforts already being led by these three organizations to address a recognized lack of diversity, equity, inclusion and justice in our environmental community, and a desire to assess the readiness of their grantees and member organizations to advance DEIJ.