Is Your Foundation Leveraging the Power of Differences?

Publication date: 
November, 2014

Addressing the complex problems of a changing world under the pressure of growing competition for limited funds, today’s foundation needs all the creative mind-power it can harness. Research shows that embracing differences and breaking down barriers that keep people from using their full range of talents and skills can stimulate innovation and growth by improving organizational problem-solving and decision-making. Based on extensive research and experience emerging from its Transforming Michigan Philanthropy initiative, the Council of Michigan Foundations has developed this discussion guide and assessment tool to help foundation leaders begin essential conversations about the power of differences and determine the level of their organization’s readiness for growth.