Racial Equity Imperative

Our Imperative

The Maddox Fund is committed to helping create a more just and liberatory community. Undergirding this commitment is the conviction that all human beings are interconnected, not just with one another, but with all of nature – a belief that makes our desire to foster connection and a sense of belonging even more urgent.

Defining DEIJL


embracing differences in race, ethnicity, national origin, citizenship, age, faith tradition, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, ability or disability in order to diminish historic barriers and disadvantages and to reduce bias


providing the resources and support needed to help marginalized individuals and organizations thrive, thereby ensuring we can no longer predict advantages or disadvantages based on our differences


elevating the values, voices, styles, experiences and identities of people who have continually been marginalized, thereby increasing shared understanding, dignity and the opportunities to belong and succeed


dismantling historic systems that have marginalized our neighbors and creating new liberating systems to take their place


a world in which people and planet flourish together in regenerative systems free from oppression and threat

Glossary of Terms

Inclusive but not limited to those who identify as Black, African American or being of African descent; Latino, Latina, Latinx; Asian, Asian American, or Pacific Islander; Indigenous, Native American or Indian; Middle Eastern or Arab.

Maddox will prioritize organizations led by Black, Indigenous and People of Color in our grantmaking.  For us, a BIPOC-led organization meets the following criteria:

  • CEO or Executive Director is BIPOC
  • At least 33% of the Board is BIPOC
  • Organization primarily serves BIPOC communities

Depending on organizational history, Maddox may consider an organization with a white ED and a BIPOC-majority Board as BIPOC-led.

Inclusive but not limited to those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, asexual, gender non-conforming, gender expansive, and a plurality of other gender identity/expression(s) that identify as queer.

Our North Stars

Learn more about the North Stars
that guide and shape our work.

Learning from Nature

We looked at nature to teach us
how to live and work together.

Our Equity Journey