Statement on Diversity
WHEREAS, Success of All Youth (SAY) is part of The Oak Park-River Forest Community Foundation
family, and the mission of the Oak Park-River Forest Community Foundation is to inspire philanthropy
and to steward the communities toward sustainability, we believe diversity is a fundamental strength of our
communities. Both of our missions are best fulfilled when we embrace diversity as a value and a practice.
WHEREAS, we maintain achieving diversity requires an enduring commitment to inclusion, we believe it
must find full expression in our organizational culture, values, norms and behaviors. Throughout our
work, we shall support diversity in all of its forms, encompassing but not limited to: age, disability
status(1), economic circumstance, ethnicity, gender, race, religion and sexual orientation. Leading by
example we aspire to make diversity a core and abiding strength of the nonprofit sector in our
WHEREAS, SAY recognizes its effectiveness shall be enhanced and its mission well served by achieving
diversity, we believe the practice of diversity is reflected in all aspects of the organization, specifically
SAY reflects the rich diversity of the communities we serve.
SAY shares a commitment to diversity as a value and a practice with its current and potential donors and
encourages donors to consider and embrace these values.
SAY staff reflects the Oak Park and River Forest communities. Staffing at every level of the organization
strives to reflect the diversity of its communities. The Oak Park-River Forest Community Foundation
anticipates that its demonstrated commitment represents an organizational standard for the social impact
sector in our communities.
SAY’s vendor community demonstrates a commitment to diversity and inclusion as a practice. This
commitment is reflected in governance practices, hiring practices and organizational philosophy.