Diversity Statement

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 that the diversity of our community is a fundamental strength of our county. Our mission is best fulfilled when we embrace diversity as a value and a practice.

We maintain that achieving diversity requires an enduring commitment to inclusion that must find full expression in our organizational culture, values, norms and behaviors. Throughout our work, we will support diversity in all of its forms, encompassing but not limited to, age, disability status(1), economic circumstance, ethnicity, gender, race, religion and sexual orientation.

Leading by example, we aspire to make diversity a core and abiding strength of the Lake County nonprofit sector.

Statement to Grant Seekers on Diversity and Inclusion

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)