Text reads: Celebrating Disability Across Philanthropy. To the right is an overhead shot of six disabled people of color at a rooftop deck party. An Indigenous Two-Spirit person with a prosthetic leg smiles directly at the camera and gives a thumbs up while everyone else is engaged in conversation. At the bottom is the Disability & Philanthropy Forum logo.
Photo credit: Disabled and Here

About Celebrating Disability Across Philanthropy (CDAP)

Philanthropy is increasingly recognizing disability as essential to its social justice and equity agenda. Now, staff leaders from the Ford, Open Society and Wellspring foundations and the Disability & Philanthropy Forum have created Celebrating Disability Across Philanthropy (CDAP). We are a community of foundation employees who self-identify with disabilities or living with a chronic illness, and/or who seek to champion disability inclusion in the philanthropic sector.


  • Build community, affirm and celebrate disability identity
  • Create a safe space to share and discuss disability issues and provide peer support
  • Inform the work of the Disability & Philanthropy Forum to promote disability inclusion in the philanthropic sector


CDAP will create its own agenda including, but not limited to:

  • Sharing learning opportunities
  • Exploring opportunities to create a culture of inclusion
  • Determining what is going well and what improvements are needed
  • Navigating the workplace with a disability identity


Quarterly virtual meetings will be held via Zoom. An in-person or hybrid annual meeting may be considered when pandemic-related restrictions are lifted.


  • Negar Esfandiari, Ford Foundation
  • Sarah Napoli, Open Society Foundations
  • Kay Taylor, Wellspring Philanthropic Fund

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