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Disability Inclusive Grantmaking is the mission of DFN: inclusion of disability in grantmaking programs and inclusion of people with disabilities in grantmaking organizations.

Disability-Inclusive Grantmaking — and Recognition

The basic needs of people with disabilities are not very different from those of other groups: they include employment, health care, education, family services, housing, transportation and participation in the arts and community activities.

According to the Foundation Center, only 2.9 percent of grant dollars awarded in 2002 was directed to programs serving people with disabilities.  People who identify as having disabilities are similarly underrepresented on boards or staffs of foundations.   When disability funding is awarded, it is often in the health arena — reflecting a common perspective that sees people with disabilities as invalids who need to be “made well.”

If you are a funder, it is not necessary to have a designated disability program area to make a difference.  You can have a positive impact on this underserved community by the simple act of making sure that your organization’s working definition of “diversity”and its thinking on social issues include disability. See strategies for disability-inclusive grantmaking.

Disability Funders Network is about educating toward effecting change. We welcome the opportunity to congratulate members and partners when our stated purpose becomes a reality.

DFN Members and Partners Recognized

Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation Receives Top Award from Girl Scouts

The Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capital (GSCNC) announced it will present the Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation (MEAF) with its top award, the Officers Award, at the President’s Circle Dinner on March 7, 2008. Each year the award is given to a corporation, foundation, business or individual who has made a significant impact on the council and on the lives of girls and teens it serves.

MEAF made a three-year, $150,000 grant to GSCNC for the latter’s Including ALL Girls Initiative. The initiative fosters a culture of inclusion among Girl Scout staff, volunteers and girls without disabilities through training, education, resources, publications and ongoing support; makes Girl Scouting more accessible and inviting to girls with disabilities; and increases and sustains the participation rate of girls with disabilities in Girl Scout programs. Read the full press release.

Utah Conservation Corps Wins Project of the Year

Congratulations to the Utah Conservation Corps for being selected to receive The Corps Network’s 2007 Project of the Year Award! The Utah Conservation Corps served as the pilot site for The Corps Network’s Inclusive Crew Project, funded by the Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation to promote inclusion in volunteer service projects. Read the press release.