Exploring Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion with Maddox Partners

Thank you to the many Maddox nonprofit partners who participated in conversations about diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice (DEIJ) this year.  As promised, we want to share the research report with you. 

Over the past two years, Maddox has been discussing DEIJ.  From the start, we knew that we had a lot to learn and felt that it was best to learn in community with our partners.  To that end, we attended workshops at CNM, hosted Crossroads Anti-racism Workshops in collaboration with other funders, and put together our own equity resource page to share the things we were thinking about.   

As part of this process, we felt it was important that Maddox not only learn with our partners, but from them as well.  This meant that we intentionally listened to our partners to better understand how they saw DEIJ playing a role in their work.  Acknowledging the inherent power dynamic between funders and nonprofit organizations, we hired Kendl Kobbervig, a researcher from Vanderbilt University, to create a channel for open and honest dialogue.  The listening process that ensued included listening sessions, interviews, and an anonymous survey that enjoyed an extremely high response rate.  The findings from all these are in this report: 

Maddox will be using these findings to guide us as we continue thinking about how DEIJ plays a role in our work and community.  We welcome any discussion or questions you may have about this report.  Maddox staff can be reached at: 

  • joseph@maddoxfund.org
  • kaki@maddoxfund.org

If you have questions specific to the research methodology, analysis, or conclusions, you can e-mail Kendl Kobbervig –  kendl.a.kobbervig@vanderbilt.edu. We look forward to continuing to learn in community.

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