Our DEI Commitment
Photo: Mash-Up Rock & Roll Musical, one of our DEI Fund grant partners
Supporting Thriving People & Thriving Places
The Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation invests in the people and places of our region and stewards community assets for lasting impact. We are beholden to our community and envision a region of healthy, resilient, thriving communities for all—where everyone has access to quality healthcare, housing, food, arts and cultural experiences, and educational opportunities and where we care for our land, air, and water so that it can flourish for generations to come.
We believe diversity encompasses, but is not limited to, race, ethnicity, economic circumstances, zip code, age, health and ability status, neurodiversity, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, resident or immigration status, national origin, veteran status, and religion.
We understand that our neighbors across Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, and Leelanau Counties and the sovereign nation of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians have different needs and that these needs can change over time. As a steward of community assets, we have a responsibility to share these resources in an equitable way across our region, including with communities and partners that have been historically marginalized and impacted by disinvestment.
We recognize that systemic racism and long-standing injustices are embedded in the histories of the United States, the state of Michigan, and our region, and we are working to acknowledge and address the impact that these systems of oppression continue to have on our communities.
We are committed to using our leadership, resources, and voice to build toward a better future where all people across our region have equitable access to the resources and opportunities they need to thrive. This is how we can work together to support an inclusive region of healthy, resilient, thriving communities for everyone.