Diversity of Culture and Thought in Philanthropy

November 16, 2012

This week has been National Philanthropy Week. We had wanted to start off the week with this video of the Connecticut Health Foundation (CT Health) Board Chairman, Sanford (“Sandy”) Cloud, Jr., and technical difficulties (aka “ransomware“) prevented that.

Instead we’ll go out with a bang. Senior Communications Officer Maryland Grier interviewed Sandy about his thoughts on why diversity is a powerful driver of change in philanthropy. Diversity of gender, race, ethnicity, culture, and even thought, leads to a richer conversation to inform decision makers. Don’t take our word for it though. Sandy shares how it works:

How do you approach diversity in your work?

2 Responses to Diversity of Culture and Thought in Philanthropy

  1. Lina Paredes says:

    Right on, Sandy! I’d like to add that the foundation’s Health Leadership Fellows Program encourages diversity on the multiple levels you describe. Additionally, our 140 Fellows from the last seven classes represent different professional fields and geographic locations through out the state. We encourage their various leadership styles as well as their need to be open to others’ experiences. After all, the solutions to the issues we are addressing require all of our best thinking and right action.

  2. Thank you, Sandy for sharing your thoughts and experiences on this topic. I especially appreciate your comments about the diversity of thought and culture, which have potential for positive, unexpected and innovative results.

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