About the Disability & Philanthropy Forum

Start Your Journey to Inclusion

Our Purpose

Welcome to the Disability & Philanthropy Forum, an emerging philanthropy-serving organization created by the Presidents’ Council on Disability Inclusion in Philanthropy. Central to the Forum’s mission is centering the perspectives of disabled people while engaging philanthropy on a collective journey to understand disability inclusion as key to advancing social justice.

The Forum website offers a robust library of resources to support philanthropy’s ongoing learning about disability. By shining a spotlight on the learning processes and work of foundations across the field, the Disability & Philanthropy Forum aims to influence sector-wide movement toward a future of inclusion and equity for all.

Why is disability inclusion so important? Consider this: according to the World Health Organization, more than one billion people – 15% of the global population – have a disability.  But disability isn’t just a statistic; it’s part of the human experience. People with disabilities are your family, friends, neighbors, colleagues, and community members.

A Call to Action

The time is now for funders to take meaningful action to learn about and support the disability community. This means actively championing disability inclusion in hiring, communications, and resource allocation. It means publicly committing to disability inclusion and outwardly communicating progress along the journey. It means being open to feedback and criticism and taking accountability. It means collaborating with your colleagues and supporting one another in this work.

What You’ll Find

  • Insights on disability history, community, and culture 
  • Guidance on how to make your operations more accessible 
  • Steps to take toward inclusive grantmaking
  • Videos spotlighting perspectives of disabled leaders

Every resource is curated based on the central tenet driving our mission: not only acknowledging and including, but actively centering perspectives of people with disabilities in our work. We are guided by a mantra of the disability rights movement, “Nothing about us without us,” which to us means not only that disabled people should have a seat at the table, they should be leading the way. 

If you have suggested resources, please send them to info@disabilityphilanthropy.org for consideration.

Member Resources

If you work in philanthropy, we invite you to register for a free Forum member account to access additional tailored resources such as occasional webinars and monthly newsletters to further your learning. Thank you for joining us on this journey.