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Community Foundation of Lorain County receives Michael G. Shinn Award for Diversity Work

Diversity work just beginning, positions Community Foundation to better engage with Lorain County.

The Community Foundation of Lorain County is a 2016 recipient of the Michael G. Shinn Award for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Philanthropy from Philanthropy Ohio, a statewide association of philanthropic foundations. The award recognizes a long term initiative that put every facet of the Community Foundation on the table for examination through a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DI&E) lens. The predominant goal guiding this organizational-wide initiative is to transform how the Community Foundation functions, both internally and externally, so that it is best equipped to help Lorain County be a richer place for all: rich in its economy, its talent, and in its inclusion.


The Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity Task Force and Team celebrating the award. 

A DI&E Task Force including members of the Board of Directors of the Community Foundation, members of its Affiliate Funds, and its staff worked diligently through an 18-month series of retreats. The participants engaged in personal and corporate self-examination of intercultural competence with the help of two third party facilitators, Beth Zemsky and Greg Brown, experts in the field of Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity.

Each participant completed individual Intercultural Competency assessments, follow-up coaching, worked on individual Intercultural Development Plans, and committed to six retreats in an eighteen-month period, these retreats were just completed in September.

The foundation and its constituents believe that they must evolve their individual and collective perspectives and behaviors to provide diverse and inclusive opportunities leading to more equitable outcomes for all… It is my belief that the courage demonstrated by foundation constituents throughout the learning and skills building process will over time result in a significant benefit to all members of the Lorain County community, says Greg Brown, Executive Director, PolicyBridge, one of the facilitators of the DI&E retreats.

The Michael G. Shinn Award recognizes an individual(s) who have demonstrated a significant commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in his/her philanthropic practice in Ohio.  Michael G. Shinn was the founder of the Shinn Family Foundation and served as secretary of Philanthropy Ohio’s Board of Trustees until his death in March 2015. He chaired the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee, taking on primary responsibility for guiding Philanthropy Ohio’s efforts in that arena. The Philanthropy Ohio Board of Trustees has created this award to honor his memory and presented it for the first time in September 2015.

Founded in 1980, the Community Foundation of Lorain County is made up of more than 580 endowed Funds valued at approximately $117 million dollars. On average, $4.4 million is awarded annually in grant support to non-profit organizations in Lorain County. Visit www.peoplewhocare.org

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