Diversity as Economic Entities

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From Working Toward Diversity

Leverage Monies

Family Foundation Uses Non-Discrimination Form

The John Larsen Foundation, a small unstaffed family foundation with only four family members — mother, father and two siblings — on the board of trustees, has looked for ways to engage diversity other than through a diverse board and staff. The foundation developed a Certificate of Non-Discrimination that must be completed by all entities that receive money from the foundation, from vendors to grantees to associations.

"Our lawyer, bankers, accountant, investment manager, the associations we belong to and nonprofits that receive grants from us have all signed forms committing themselves to meet our diversity values," said foundation trustee John E. Larsen.

Fund Diverse Partnerships

Northwest Area Foundation Partners with Native Tribes

The Northwest Area Foundation has had a focused mission to identify, share and advocate "what's working" to reduce poverty for the long term. The foundation has partnered with select communities in Minnesota, Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, Idaho, Washington and Oregon, providing technical assistance and financial resources.

NWAF has partnered with American Indian reservations in its efforts to reduce poverty, and in 2006, made 10-year commitments to three tribes: The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe reservation in central South Dakota is focusing on workforce and economic development; the Lummi Nation reservation in northwest Washington is focusing on small-business and micro-enterprise development to create jobs and business ownership; and the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa in North Dakota is focusing on mobilizing the reservation for poverty reduction.

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