Presidents' Council on

Disability Inclusion in Philanthropy

The Presidents’ Council on Disability Inclusion in Philanthropy is comprised of foundation presidents who are committed to disability inclusion as part of improving diversity, equity, and inclusion within philanthropy.


Rich Besser, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Darren Walker, Ford Foundation



Coordinate philanthropic leadership to advance disability inclusion in philanthropy

Founding Members

Ford Foundation Logo
Wellspring Philanthropic Fund Logo
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation logo
WITH logo
Open Societ Foundations Logo
Weingart Foundation Logo
The New York Women's Foundaton logo
The California Endowment Logo
The Kresge Foundation Logo
The Chicago Community Trust and Affiliates
Doris Duke Charitable Foundation logo
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Logo
Craig H Neilsen Foundation logo
Ruderman Family Foundation logo



Listed above (in alphabetical order): Craig H. Neilsen Foundation, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Ford Foundation, MacArthur Foundation, Open Society Foundations, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Ruderman Family Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The California Endowment, The Chicago Community Trust and Affiliates, The Heinz Endowments, The Kresge Foundation, The New York Women's Foundation, Weingart Foundation, Wellspring, WITH Foundation


  1. Champion and elevate disability inclusion, power and approaches for disability inclusion in philanthropy;

  2. Offer a space for learning and resources to support philanthropic leadership rooted in social justice, health equity, civil and human rights frameworks;

  3. Validate and give space to committed staff who work to influence and support their foundation's leadership; and

  4. Catalyze and promote the establishment and success of the Disability Inclusion Fund.

​​Membership Values

  1. Personal commitment of the philanthropy's top executive (i.e., President) to directly participate in annual meeting, advance disability inclusion within their foundations and publicly communicate the need for disability inclusion in philanthropy;

  2. An interest in ongoing learning and best practices that are grounded in social justice, health equity, civil and human rights;

  3. Agreement to engage in an environment of trust, support and non-attribution;

  4. Shared interest in recognizing the intersections of disability and the most critical challenges in the U.S. and worldwide;

  5. Shared interest in advancing philanthropy's role and voice in disability inclusion;

  6. Shared interest in collaboration and joint action among members;

  7. Private philanthropy with significant financial resources;

  8. Financial commitment to establishment of the Disability Inclusion Fund based on grantmaking budget.

Work Streams

  1. Shared learning agenda

  2. Elevation of issues in philanthropic landscape

  3. Disability Inclusion Fund

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