Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors and D5 Coalition to Host “We Are Philanthropy” Event Celebrating Diversity in Giving

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RPA to Issue New Philanthropy Roadmap Guide, "Diversity, Inclusion and Effective Philanthropy," Positing that Diversity in Giving Leads to More Productive Philanthropy

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We’re so excited to bring together donors from many different backgrounds to connect with their fellow philanthropists, in order to develop and share strategies for achieving and sustaining diversity in giving.

Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, a leading nonprofit philanthropic consulting firm, together with D5, a coalition of foundations and charitable organizations committed to advancing equity and inclusion in philanthropy, are hosting today “We Are Philanthropy,” a convening of Midwest donors designed to celebrate and support the work of diverse philanthropists. As part of its Philanthropy Roadmap series, RPA today also released the new guidebook "Diversity, Inclusion and Effective Philanthropy," which provides a fresh perspective on how social diversity and inclusiveness can be used as practical considerations to achieve more impactful results in philanthropic giving.

“We Are Philanthropy,” which is being held today from 12-6 p.m. at Hotel Palomar in Chicago, will bring together donors from wide-ranging racial, ethnic, and tribal backgrounds, along with women and LGBTQ philanthropists, who support their communities in ways that are culturally relevant, highly engaged, and growing in scale and impact. The event will feature keynote speaker Luz Vega-Marquis, President and CEO of the Marguerite Casey Foundation (a funder of the D5 Coalition), who will discuss progress and challenges in diversity, equity and inclusion in her address. Event attendees will receive a copy of RPA’s new Philanthropy Roadmap guidebook.

"Diversity, Inclusion and Effective Philanthropy" is the latest guide in RPA’s Philanthropy Roadmap series, a comprehensive set of resources intended to help donors create and manage robust philanthropic programs. Funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Roadmap is a multifaceted, international campaign with the long-term goal of cultivating a new culture of meaningful giving.

“We’re so excited to bring together donors from many different backgrounds to connect with their fellow philanthropists, in order to develop and share strategies for achieving and sustaining diversity in giving,” said Mae Hong, Director of RPA’s Chicago office. “Collaboration is crucial for establishing the best practices that will help spur beneficial results for our communities.”

”We Are Philanthropy” attendees will have the opportunity to meet with and hear from prominent philanthropic leaders and engage in conversations with practitioners and peers. The event will also include breakout sessions and discussions on subjects including donor fatigue in diverse communities, working with mainstream foundations, and the future of diverse philanthropy. Offering a mix of both large- and small-group discussions, the gathering aims to provide a forum for inspiring lasting change.

“RPA believes firmly in the importance of diversity and inclusion as essential components of giving,” said Melissa Berman, President and CEO of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors. “’We Are Philanthropy,’ and all of our efforts with D5, aim to spread that message to more donors and help increase the reach of their vital work.”

Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors is the fiscal sponsor for D5 and the project leader for this effort. To view a copy of RPA’s new Diversity, Inclusion and Effective Philanthropy guidebook, visit

About Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors
Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors (RPA) is a nonprofit organization that currently advises on and manages nearly $200 million in annual giving by individuals, families, corporations, and major foundations. Headquartered in New York City with offices in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Chicago, it traces its antecedents to John D. Rockefeller, Sr., who in 1891 began to professionally manage his philanthropy “as if it were a business.” With thoughtful and effective philanthropy as its only mission, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors has grown into one of the world’s largest philanthropic service organizations and as a whole has facilitated more than $3 billion in grantmaking to nearly 70 countries. RPA’s diverse staff of nearly 40 is led by experienced grantmakers with significant depth of knowledge across multiple issue areas. For more information, visit RPA’s website at

About the D5 Coalition
D5 is a five-year coalition to grow philanthropy's diversity, equity, and inclusion. The coalition includes 18 philanthropy organizations—and counting—with connections to thousands of grant makers. D5 coalition partners: Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy; Associated Grantmakers; Association of Black Foundation Executives; Council of Michigan Foundations; Council on Foundations; Donors Forum; Foundation Center; Funders for LGBTQ Issues; Hispanics in Philanthropy; Horizons Foundation; Joint Affinity Groups; Minnesota Council on Foundations; Native Americans in Philanthropy; Ohio Grantmakers Forum; Philanthropy New York; Philanthropy Northwest; Women’s Funding Network. Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors serves as D5’s program office. For more information, visit D5’s website at

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