Structural bias is rooted in policies and practices that advantage some people and disadvantage others. Grantmakers sit at the intersection of power and privilege in the philanthropic sector. As such, they have a unique responsibility to implement grantmaking practices that promote equity and inclusion.
Grants management professionals have the power to ensure policies and practices do not broaden existing inequities, but rather strengthen support for marginalized communities.
Board members and senior leaders at grantmaking organizations should work to increase the diversity of grant decision-makers and strengthen the trust between donors and their communities.