Our Commitment to DEIA

Campbell & Company is committed to advancing diversity, equity, inclusion, and access within our firm and across the nonprofit sector.

Campbell & Company supports the best of philanthropy—a sector that invests in communities, shares resources, and celebrates generosity. Through our consulting partnerships, we have seen firsthand how nonprofit organizations can activate movements and work for justice as they passionately pursue their missions.

In order to fulfill our mission, we must first acknowledge that philanthropy, much of which is rooted in white privilege, has perpetuated inequity. Power dynamics in philanthropy—between funders, nonprofits, and the communities they serve—contribute to many of the same problems we aim to solve. Furthermore, the field of philanthropy itself has long been lacking leaders of color, their talents, and their perspectives.

We commit to an anti-racist journey and understand our responsibility to advance greater equity. To our partners, we pledge to approach our work together with openness and a growth mindset. Our commitments extend from our firm and colleagues to the nonprofit sector and the broader communities they serve.

Scroll down for a timeline of our journey so far and how this commitment is activated.

 

Our Path Towards Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Access (DEIA)


2017

  • DEIA training is incorporated into our annual company meeting, tackling topics such as racism, cultural competency, and implicit bias.

  • Our first Executive Search team member becomes a Certified Diversity and Inclusion Recruiter.

2018

  • An internal taskforce focused on diversity, equity, inclusion, and access is assembled, and a charter is established to guide our work.

  • A DEIA assessment of our firm is conducted by an outside consulting firm.

2019

  • Based on the DEIA assessment, a three-year change framework is developed, focused on four areas: inclusive culture, continuous learning, talent management, and communications. We identified 60+ initial activities to support our DEIA goals and reporting to track our progress. The change framework also seeks to integrate DEIA values into our consulting practices and deliverables.

  • A partnership is established with Arrupe College to create the Donald A. Campbell Internship, a paid summer internship program for emerging student leaders. Arrupe College is a two-year degree program within Loyola University Chicago serving a diverse student body, many of whom are first-generation college students.

2020

  • A Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Access Manager is named and a DEIA Council is established to implement our change framework and sustain our DEIA efforts.

  • Additional Executive Search team members become Certified Diversity and Inclusion Recruiters.

  • To support the advancement of people of color in our field, we contribute to the Willamette Valley Development Officers equity scholarship fund and sponsor diversity scholarships for three chapters of the Association of Fundraising Professionals: Advancement Northwest, Chicago, and Oregon & SW Washington.

  • In response to the murder of George Floyd, we issue a statement in support of the Black Lives Matter movement and make a donation to Black Visions Collective.

  • Equity Partners, a pro-bono consulting program designed for small, BIPOC-led organizations working to advance racial equity, is launched.

What's Next

  • Continuing to implement, evolve, and report on our DEIA change framework.

  • Approaching client engagements through a DEIA lens, including reviewing our methodology for campaign planning studies and case development to ensure inclusion and diverse community engagement.

  • Reflecting on the learnings from our Equity Partners projects.