A new report by the D5 coalition and Forward Change, Philanthropic Paths: An Exploratory Study of the Career Pathways of Professionals of Color in Philanthropy, explores the various paths professionals of color take as they advance to leadership positions in philanthropy as well as the tools that helped them get there and gave them staying power. It provides a nuanced picture of the career experiences of 43 philanthropic professionals of color ranging from Program Ofﬁcers to CEOs working in an array of foundations.
Through an exploration of the perceptions, analyses, and career histories of people of color working in the philanthropic sector, this study aims to advance the ﬁeld’s understanding of the following questions:
- What are the career pathways of people of color in philanthropy in terms of how they enter the
ﬁeld and advance to higher levels of seniority?
- What factors do philanthropic professionals of color view as posing the greatest barriers and
contributors to career advancement in the sector?
- What is the perceived value of and challenges to achieving greater leadership diversity in foundations
from the perspective of professionals of color in the ﬁeld?