Including Disability in DEI Efforts in Philanthropy - Exponent Philanthropy

Including Disability in DEI Efforts in Philanthropy

Complimentary for Exponent Philanthropy members / $60 non-members

Please join us for this pre-recorded event. The speakers will join for a live Q&A following the session. 

One in four U.S. adults (61 million Americans) and an estimated 1 billion individuals worldwide experience a disability that impacts major life activities; however, disability is often left out of diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts. The experience of disability occurs within all communities whether based on gender identity, race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, age, family status, religious affiliation, class and/or veteran status. As DEI efforts are undertaken, how can we ensure disability is included? Learn whyaccessible DEImatters.  

Learning Objectives: 

  • Understand why a disability lens matters in philanthropy.  
  • Reiterate a few ways you can begin to shift your foundation’s mindset toward initiatives in inclusivity.  
  • Share 2-3 examples of current philanthropic efforts that include disability in their DEI journey.  

A recording of the full program, including the live Q&A, will be provided to those who register. 


Nikki Brown-Booker
Program Officer, Disability Inclusion Fund, Borealis Philanthropy

Nikki Brown-Booker is the program officer for the Disability Inclusion Fund at Borealis Philanthropy. As a person with a disability and a biracial woman, she has devoted her work to advancing rights at the intersection of disability justice and racial justice. She has a master’s degree in clinical psychology and is a licensed marriage and family therapist.


Ryan Easterly
Executive Director, WITH Foundation 

Ryan Easterly is an experienced grantmaker, strategist, and advocate. His vernacular and love for sweet tea reveal his proud Alabama roots. His experiences as an individual with multiple marginalized identities inform his commitment to bridging gaps and supporting people’s access to resources and power. Ryan has worked in philanthropy for more than a decade. Widely regarded as a visionary leader on the intersections of race, class, and disability, Ryan was appointed by President Obama to the President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities.

Jessie Galloway
Program Officer, Ability Central Philanthropy 

Jessie Galloway (she/her) is a queer white woman with a disability. She is an author and educator with over 15 years of nonprofit experience. She serves as the program officer for Ability Central Philanthropy improving communication and information access for people with disabilities and as board president of San Francisco’s LGBTQ+ literary press, Foglifter.

Who Should Attend

This program is open to foundation donors, trustees, and staff; individual donors; donor advised fund holders; and members of giving circles.

Registration and Other Policies

Please register, even for complimentary programs. Prior to the webinar, you will receive your unique webinar access information. By registering for this program, participants are agreeing to Exponent Philanthropy’sParticipant Guidelines. Please contact us by email or at 202-580-6560 if you have any questions. 

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Platform and Accessibility

This program uses Zoom; automated closed captioning available. We can provide additional accommodations upon request (e.g. live captioner, ASL interpreter). Please contact or call 202-580-6560 by April 28 if you need any accommodations