Presidents’ Council on Disability Inclusion in Philanthropy

Attendees connect at a Presidents’ Council event.

Presidents’ Council Mission and Goals

In 2019, the Presidents of the Ford and Robert Wood Johnson Foundations convened 16 foundation presidents to make a five year commitment to work together as the Presidents’ Council on Disability Inclusion in Philanthropy. Each foundation is at a different stage of its learning journey toward greater inclusion of people with disabilities both internally and in grantmaking, and all are committed to share our learning.  The focus of the Council’s collective action is the philanthropic sector, but our aspiration is that as our sector becomes more equitable, we will influence society to dismantle structural ableism and move toward equity.  


Coordinate philanthropic leadership to advance disability inclusion in philanthropy. 

Long Term Vision

The philanthropic sector will integrate disability rights and justice seamlessly into its social justice agenda, demonstrating its commitment through increased grantmaking and staff and leadership participation.


  • Learning: Create a go-to resource for the philanthropic sector’s peer learning about disability inclusion. The first step is the Disability & Philanthropy Forum website.
  • Narrative Change: Change the philanthropic narrative around disability by recognizing disability inclusion is integral to social justice and by centering disability leadership.
  • Operations Change: Increase accessibility across all programs and operations to support full participation of people with disabilities in Presidents’ Council Foundations and create models to share with the philanthropic sector.
  • Participation: Increase the percentage of employees in philanthropy who self-identify with disabilities, building towards a goal for philanthropy based on the U.S. Department of Labor’s disability inclusion goal for Federal Contractors of at least 7% across all job categories.
  • Grantmaking: Develop shared definitions for disability-specific and disability-inclusive grantmaking and track increases in funding over time.

For further information about the Council contact Emily Harris, Consultant, at

Members of the Council