Community Impact Fund:
Supporting DEI Learning and Work in the IE
Grantmaking with an Equity Lens
In the past, IECF has provided capacity-building grants through its endowed fund. In March 2020, IECF adopted a focus on racial, gender, and economic equity. This means ensuring our staff and Board reflect the communities we serve and that our grantmaking builds the voice and power of our grantees to transform their communities. It also means listening to and incorporating the lived experiences of people who daily struggle to achieve safety, health, and prosperity in the Inland Empire. In doing this work, IECF will rely on data that shows where disparities exist to drive our grantmaking, programs, and partnerships.
IECF is walking this journey with its Board, staff, and stakeholders to better use community philanthropy to create a fairer Inland Empire. IECF stands firmly against racism and all forms of oppression, prioritizing equity, inclusion, and diversity in our community work. In support of this commitment, our 2021 CIF grants will explicitly support groups in the IE to continue on and work towards these values and practices.
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Focus
IECF invites organizations that are on their DEI journey to apply for future Community Impact Fund grants. This includes organizations that are practicing DEI or are learning to incorporate DEI into their organizational culture, structure, strategies, programs and services. We also use the D5 Coalition definition of DEI.
The current grant application window is now closed. Organizations will be notified of funding decisions by March 21, 2022. Organizations are encouraged to contact IECF staff at any time should they have questions about their application. The best way to reach staff with general questions and inquiries about the Fund is through firstname.lastname@example.org.