Our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Journey

These are just a few examples of our steps along the way


  • Innovia Foundation examined our board structure, and intentionally restructured the board of directors to represent the communities we serve.
  • Innovia Foundation partnered with Greater Spokane Progress to deliver its racial equity curriculum to organizations in rural Eastern Washington, with the goal of developing a collective community understanding and common language around institutional and structural racism and addressing the importance of race matters and how we can advance racial equity.
  • In 2017, 2018 and 2019, Innovia participated in the Community Philanthropy (BCP) cohort at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to strengthen the capacity of the Foundation and to drive meaningful progress toward diversity, equity, and inclusion in areas of community engagement, capacity building, and/or public policy/advocacy.



  • We updated our internal policies to ensure they followed current state and federal laws, working with Associated Industries to conduct Harassment and Discrimination training for all staff to learn how to recognize harassment and discrimination and strategies on how to stop those behaviors. We repeat this training annually.
  • Innovia unveiled our new mission, vision and values that for the first time included Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion as key priorities.
  • Innovia participated in a two-day workshop presented by Philanthropy Northwest at Russell Family Foundation focused on Grantmaking with an Equity Lens.
  • In 2018 and 2019, Innovia participated in the Community Foundation Lead’s Executive Leadership Institute where we worked alongside other leaders in community foundations on “How to introduce diversity, equity and inclusion into grantmaking practices.” The meetings included robust conversation with community foundation peers and thought leaders, and participants developed specific action steps to address the challenge within their organization.
  • Innovia participated in Effective Leadership training through the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance with curriculum centered around cultural sensitivity and promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace and in our community by learning compassionate communication skills and a cultural mindfulness.



  • We developed a new Strategic Framework, adopted by Innovia’s board with updated mission, vision, values and strategic focus areas to guide the work of the foundation.
  • Innovia was a partner and co-funder for two, seven-hour workshops entitled ‘Why Race Matters’ provided at no-cost to nonprofit and foundation leaders throughout this region.
  • Innovia worked with Bearman Consulting to facilitate a review and redesign of our community grants program, in partnership with staff, board members and community volunteers. Addressing diversity, equity and inclusion was one of our areas of focus.
  • Innovia held an all-day DEI board retreat and training, facilitated by Richard Woo, CEO of the Russell Family Foundation and Doug Stamm, former CEO of Meyer Memorial Trust.



  • Innovia Board adopted a new anti-hate policy modeled after work from East Bay Community Foundation (Oakland, CA), Brooklyn Foundation (New York, NY) and other community foundations leading the field in promoting hate-free philanthropy.
  • Our team created an Anti-Racism toolkit to support staff members in growth and understanding of ways to actively advance equity and dismantle systemic racism.
  • Innovia launched a Racial Equity Grantmaking Fund to provide grants to organizations doing important work to dismantle racism and advance equity in our region.
  • Innovia worked with a local generous donor to launch a matching gift challenge that will fund a Racial Equity Reporter at the Spokesman Review and the Black Lens.


Recent News

JumpStart (news release)
Racial Equity Reporter and Racial Equity Fund
Census complete count
COVID-19 United Philanthropy Momentum Fund
Editorial: Innovia makes the right changes to preserve public trust | The Spokesman-Review