In 2020—a year rocked by a racial reckoning and the inequities of the global pandemic—diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) rose to the forefront of issues that were most of interest to funders.

In a new study of how U.S. foundations find and use information about effective philanthropy, DEI emerged as the leading topic of interest for funders—a significant change from 2016, when a similar study was conducted and DEI didn’t even make the list.

From the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation