This field guide presents seven pathways designed to help teams on their journeys of learning and transformation.

Each pathway is goal-oriented, packed with tools to help you and your team. To dive in, select the pathway that matches your goal and choose a concept. You can also use the search bar or reach out to us at

Addressing Root Causes

Purpose and Action

How the World Works

Improving Team Health

Testing Ideas

Preparing for Change

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A problem is a sign of what is blocking our impact or progress—it is the symptom. An issue is the underlying cause of one or more problems that we can directly address. We must take time to fully understand our problems and issues, and the root causes of both in order to choose the most strategic focus for our learning.


Teams often begin change projects before they have clarified language, aligned their intent, and determined how a change project will connect to their larger strategic goals. Spending more time clarifying frameworks, developing personal and professional commitment to change, as well as better understanding the outcomes of the project will set a stronger foundation for success.


Major strategic initiatives need the solid foundation of a healthy organization to flourish. This includes effective internal communications, focused decision-making, useful performance evaluation, life-giving management, and conflict resolution.


Breaking the status quo and opening up new possibilities for equity and freedom in our work requires innovative experiments. Teams must ensure that all members have the ability to act on the vision and goals they are co-creating.


Our minds cannot move toward racial justice, equity or transformation if our bodies are not prepared for change. This pathway offers those preparations that we have found most beneficial to adult learning.

Funder community


Funders, Your Grant Application Process May Be Perpetuating Inequity

Realize how the zeitgeist of philanthropy has started shifting more and more toward equity, diversity, and inclusion, though the processes have not necessarily shifted simultaneously.

Nonprofit AF

State of the Work: Tackling the Tough Challenges to Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (4th Annual Report)

Page 25 of this report reviews six general types of actions and tools that support diversity, equity, and inclusion.

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Tools & Resources

Communication Tools

Effectively communicate the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion to your colleagues and peers.

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Tools & Resources

Resource Database

Explore practical tools and resources developed to improve diversity, equity, and inclusion in philanthropy.

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Tools & Resources

DEI Self-Assessment

Identify areas of diversity, equity, and inclusion work that your foundation is already engaged in and opportunities for growth.

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Policies, Practices, and Programs for Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Review the most effective policies, practices, and programs to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion.

D5 Coalition

Grantmaking with a Racial Equity Lens

Explore how a racial equity lens can help you scan your field or community, cultivate new leaders, encourage creative approaches, get people talking, and nourish change inside your own foundation.


How Grantmaking Can Create Adaptive Organizations

Discover an approach where philanthropists create collaborative relationships with grantees to cultivate critical thinking, learning, and adaptation, rather than giving grants in return for prescribed programs and outcomes.

Stanform Social Innovation Review (SSIR)

Smashing Silos in Philanthropy: Multi-Issue Advocacy and Organizing for Real Results

Encourage foundations to not only fund advocacy and organizing in their chosen fields of endeavor but also nurture the ecosystem of the grassroots.

National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP)

Sometimes the best thing we donors can do to advance social justice is to just write the check and get out of the way

A cheeky take on the role that should be played by donors and foundations in their relationship with nonprofit organizations.

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