The Heising-Simons Foundation is a family foundation based in the San Francisco Bay Area, with a three-person Board—all members of the same family—and a 47-person staff. The Foundation has a commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion, and to transparency. We believe it is important to collect, understand, and post the demographics of our staff on our website. Each year, we will continue to update and post these data as a best practice.
The following data were gathered by an anonymous survey, completed by 46 members of our staff in May 2020. The race and ethnicity, gender, and sexual orientation categories used in the survey were taken from those employed by Guidestar in its collection of nonprofit information. Staff also entered their own answers when the categories did not represent the way they self-identify. We recognize these categories are imperfect and portray a limited picture of our staff’s racial and ethnic identities and are also limited in that they fail to capture intersections of identity. We have much to learn about the ways in which we collect, categorize, and report these data, and we anticipate that our reporting will evolve over time. We also hope that the ongoing collection of these data will help us build and sustain a culture and workplace that recognizes these identities and experiences, and values voices from across the Foundation.