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Presidents’ Council of the Disability & Philanthropy Forum

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The Presidents’ Council of the Disability & Philanthropy Forum is a peer community of foundation presidents who recognize that disability inclusion is essential to solving society’s most critical human rights, social justice, and health equity challenges. Together, we seek to address the inequity and injustice experienced by more than 61 million disabled Americans (25% of US adults) and one billion disabled people worldwide by disrupting ableism in philanthropy and supporting disabled-led movements.

The council is co-chaired by Dr. Richard Besser, President and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Ryan Easterly, Executive Director of WITH Foundation.

Join the Presidents’ Council

Members of the Presidents’ Council of the Disability & Philanthropy Forum are committed to engaging in a shared learning journey on advancing disability inclusion within their foundations and the philanthropic sector, and deepening relationships among peer CEOs and disabled leaders. 

All Council foundations must sign and take action to implement the Disability Inclusion Pledge. In addition, they must make significant funding commitments to both the Disability Inclusion Fund at Borealis Philanthropy (DIF), a participatory grantmaking fund, and the Disability & Philanthropy Forum, the philanthropy-serving organization that operates the Presidents’ Council, fiscally sponsored by Proteus Fund.

Click here to learn more about joining the Presidents’ Council.

Members of the Council

For further information about the Council, please contact us.