Since its inception, InDEEP has optimized its reach and engagement with environmental funders through in-person sessions, webinars, a community of practice, and tailored technical assistance. 


In-Person Sessions

InDEEP engages individuals through Peer Learning Exchanges, Environmental Grantmakers of Color Convenings, and How to Be a Better White Ally sessions.


Peer Learning Exchanges

The InDEEP Peer Learning Exchanges provide a space for peers in environmental grantmaking to participate in learning, skills building, and engagement specifically on racial equity and social justice with peers in environmental grantmaking. Topics addressed include:

  • How to Get Started with Racially Equitable, Socially Just Philanthropic Practices (January 2017)

  • The How-tos of Diversifying the Portfolio (July 2017)

  • Environmental Grantmakers’ Roles for Putting Communities of Color and Other Impacted Communities at the Forefront of the Environmental Field (January 2018)

  • Creating Transformational Impact – Integrated Environmental Grantmaking (May 2018).


environmental grantmakers of color convenings

Environmental Grantmakers of Color Convenings meet the expressed desire among funders of color for a focused and trusted space to share their experiences. These sessions cultivate a space for open, sharing of challenges; to reinforce institutional linkages; and to leverage capacities in service of a more socially just, racially equitable sector. 


How to be a better white ally

How to Be a Better White Ally meet the expressed desire among funders who identify as white for a focused and trusted space to discuss shared challenges and experiences; develop deeper skills as allies; and discuss how to use their privilege to assist in moving environmental philanthropy to a more equitable state.

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InDEEP engages environmental grantmakers through webinars, including the  How to Get Started and Diversifying your Portfolio webinar series. InDEEP webinars, offered independently and in collaboration with environmental affinity groups, provide a space for showcasing funders' experiences initiating and advancing equitable grantmaking practices; exploring funding relationships between grantmakers and grantees; and engaging in candid dialogue around strategies and approaches for advancing a more equitable, inclusive environmental sector. 


Embedding Equity Community of Practice

In January 2018, InDEEP launched the Embedding Equity Community of Practice (CoP) – a learning network including management-level foundation professionals working to advance racial equity through internal foundation policies, practices, and workplace culture. Five foundations – Energy Foundation, The Joyce Foundation, The McKnight Foundation, Mertz Gilmore Foundation, and S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation – are currently members of the CoP.

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