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Community Foundation Commits to Disability Inclusion Pledge

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The Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation has become the first community foundation in the state of Michigan to sign onto the Disability Inclusion Pledge, which was developed by the Presidents’ Council on Disability Inclusion in Philanthropy to advance disability inclusion across the philanthropic sector.

“Within our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, we include health and ability status as an element of diversity. This means that disability inclusion must be a lens through which we consider our DEI priorities and through which we support our five-county region,” said David Mengebier, President and CEO of the Community Foundation.

By signing the Disability Inclusion Pledge, the Community Foundation is committing to disability inclusion learning and pursuing action steps that go above and beyond minimum legal requirements, including but not limited to:

  • Incorporating disability inclusion language into organization communications.
  • Examining grantmaking process to be move inclusive of people with disabilities.
  • Providing regular disability education trainings to both the staff and board of directors.
  • Improving accessibility options at hosted events and engagements.

For more information about the Disability Inclusion Pledge, visit: www.disabilityphilanthropy.org. To learn more about the Community Foundation’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion: visit: www.gtrcf.org/priorities/diversity-equity-inclusion.