Research, Data, & Reports

The 2018 Diversity Among Philanthropic Professionals Report

Publication date: 
November, 2019
Source(s): 
CHANGE Philanthropy
Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy
Funders for LGBTQ Issues

The inaugural Diversity Among Philanthropic Professionals (DAPP) Survey asked participants to identify their role within their foundation, their age, gender identity, sexual orientation, race and ethnicity, and disability status. This report lays out the results of the DAPP survey in aggregate form.

The report and accompanying infographic explore diversity in the philanthropic workforce. Overall, the report finds a statistically significant difference between funders with a social justice focus and all other funders. Social justice funders were much more likely to have higher representation of LGBTQ people, people of color, and people with disabilities.

The report finds:

  • People of color accounted for 37.8 percent of people on the staff or board of participating foundations.
  • However, the percentage varied depending on a foundation’s focus. People of color made up 45.6 percent of the staff and board at foundations with a social justice focus, while they accounted for 33.0 percent of staff and board at foundations with another focus.
  • While women accounted for nearly 70 percent of the staff and board at all participating foundations, only 44 percent of board members were women.
  • Nearly half of women at foundations with a social justice focus were women of color; only a third of women at foundations with another focus were women of color.
  • Among lesbian, gay, and bisexual people in philanthropy, 43.1 percent of those at foundations with a social justice focus were people of color, compared to one-third of those at foundations with another focus.
  • Among transgender people, 57.1 percent of transgender people at foundations with a social justice focus were people of color, while 25 percent of transgender people at  foundations with another focus were people of color.
  • At foundations with a social justice focus, people with disabilities made up 8.8 percent of staff and boards, compared to 4.8 percent at foundations with another focus.
  • Across all participating foundations, 10.3 percent of staff and board were born outside of the United States.