Diversity Statement

Statement to Grant Seekers on Diversity and Inclusion
The mission of The Lake County Community Foundation

is to improve the quality of life of the most vulnerable people in Lake County.

We believe the diversity of our county is a fundamental strength. Our mission is best fulfilled when we embrace diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) not only as core values but as intentional actions.

We maintain that achieving diversity requires an intentional commitment to equity and inclusion that is foundational to our organizational culture, values, norms, policies and practices. Throughout our work internally and externally, we support diversity in all its forms, encompassing but not limited to, age, ability, immigration status, economic circumstance, ethnicity, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression .

Leading by example, we aspire to make diversity, equity and inclusion core values and are committed to approaching our work with a DEI lens.

The Lake County Community Foundation requires all applicants to either adopt the Foundation’s Diversity Statement or have a similar policy adopted by their boards. Additionally, the Foundation asks that applicants provide demographic data on board and staff as well as clients/beneficiaries of the projects. The Foundation believes that the board and staff composition of grantees should reflect the diversity and demographics of the clients/community being served and include diversity among its leadership at the board and senior staff levels to ensure the diverse perspectives needed at the decision-making levels. For this reason, the Foundation does take into consideration the demographic make-up of the board, staff and clients of a grant applicant as an important proposal evaluation criterion.

(1) The term “disability” means, with respect to an individual, a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities of such individual; major life activities include, but are not limited to, caring for oneself, performing manual tasks, seeing, hearing, eating, sleeping, walking, standing, lifting, bending, speaking, breathing, learning, reading, concentrating, thinking, communicating and working. (Americans with Disabilities Act, 1990)