Diversity as Employers & Boards

From Working Toward Diversity

Build a Diverse Board

Family Foundation Creates Diverse Board of Directors

Typically, a family foundation board includes just family members. In contrast, from its beginnings in 1964, the Grotto Foundation board has had a limited number of family members (the elder Louis Hill was the only family member on the board when it was established). The remaining members were key advisers and community leaders. It is not a written policy that the seven-member board needs to be diverse, yet from the start the foundation made diverse grants, and that activity led naturally to inviting diverse members to join the board of directors.

"The value the foundation places on diversity and broad perspectives has continued with Mr. Hill's son, Louis Fors Hill," said foundation executive director Ellis Bullock. "Now, the first item on the agenda is always, "˜How are we doing on our involvement and commitment to diversity?' "

Use Proactive Hiring Policies

The Minneapolis Foundation Follows Specific Diversity Hiring Policy

The Minneapolis Foundation emphasizes diversity in hiring practices and overall human resources practices. Here is an excerpt of the foundation's specific policy:

The Minneapolis Foundation is committed to providing equal employment opportunity to all employees and applicants for employment in accordance with all applicable federal, state and local laws. Accordingly:

We will recruit, hire, train and promote qualified persons in all job titles, without regard to race, ethnicity, religion, creed, gender, national origin, sexual or affectional preference, marital, family, or covered veteran status, status with regard to public assistance, disability, age, or other protected class status except where such status is a bona fide occupational qualification.

We will ensure that all promotion decisions are in accord with principles of equal employment opportunity by imposing only valid requirements for promotional opportunities. Additionally, we will ensure that all personnel actions such as compensation, benefits, transfers, demotions, layoffs, return from layoff, disciplinary actions, terminations, training and education programs will be administered in accordance with the principles of equal employment opportunity.