Inclusiveness Initiative

In January 2010, the board of directors of the Network approved an Inclusiveness Blueprint after three years of in-depth examination and research. While inclusiveness has always been one of our values, we realize that there is still room for improvement, learning, and growth. We acknowledge that becoming a more inclusive organization takes self-reflection and commitment. The blueprint listed under resources outlines the organization’s objectives and strategies to embed inclusiveness in all our work. 

Definitions and Case Statement

The following definitions are used by the Funders’ Network. We believe these definitions and the case statement are clarifying, and inspirational, and they serve as foundational building blocks for all of our work at TFN.


The Funders’ Network employs and engages people from different backgrounds, communities, and experiences as staff, directors, volunteers, and participating funders.


Inclusiveness is creating an environment that is fair, respectful, and embracing of diverse experiences, perspectives, and needs in the organization and all of its programs.

Case Statement

The Funders’ Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities promotes environmentally sustainable, socially equitable, and economically sound land-use policies and practices. We believe that growth and development decisions should be fair to all concerned and make communities better places to live. Because the needs and perspectives of low-income communities, often comprised of people of color, have been systematically disregarded in decision-making about growth and development, the Network develops tools and resources to help funders understand and eliminate the disproportionate impact of these decisions. In order to address these impacts, create new solutions to old problems, fulfill its mission, and remain a robust and relevant organization, the Network embraces the diversity of experiences and knowledge among the people we work with, particularly with regard to race, ethnicity, culture, socio-economic background, gender, sexual orientation, age, and physical ability.