While equity is a big buzzword these days, what does it really mean? For The 360 Group, it means intentionally approaching opportunities and challenges with an open mind, considering all viewpoints and being aware of and putting aside preconceived notions and biases; it means bringing a range of perspectives to all aspects of an organization and ensuring those diverse perspectives are truly reflected in the decisions that organization makes and the work that it does. Basically, it means creating a culture of mutual respect, where people can bring their full selves to their organization and their work.
Equity and inclusion are at the heart of The 360 Group’s mission; in addition to identifying great people, we help our clients to foster equitable and inclusive cultures within their organizations.
We are very proud to partner with Meyer Memorial Trust to build a diverse leadership team that will advance racial and gender equity at Meyer. Meyer is truly a thought leader among foundations with the courage to make difficult decisions, dramatically changing their culture and mindset to achieve bigger goals than they even knew possible.
The 360 Group was instrumental in helping Meyer align our hiring with our values of equity and inclusion. They helped bring a multicultural perspective to our leadership team and staff, reflecting the diversity of the communities that we serve. Through a keen understanding of our mission and priorities, The 360 Group used their extensive network and reach to assemble a high-caliber pool of candidates, many of them with deep to ties to Oregon. –– Doug A. Stamm, CEO of Meyer Memorial Trust
Foundations Bet It All on Advancing Equity
By Rebecca Koenig
Three years ago, after an emotional staff retreat that focused on race and injustice, the Meyer Memorial Trust identified a new purpose: advancing equity.
At the time, employees at the now-$790- million Oregon foundation didn’t know just how big a shift that would require. But they saw that years of philanthropic effort had done little to improve life for many, especially people of color living on the edge of the economy. And they were determined to do something about it. Read More