Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Women’s Fund of Greater La Crosse exists to positively impact all women and girls by supporting organizations through the collective power of philanthropy. 

We believe in diversity, inclusivity and equity and that all individuals, regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, age, identity or sexual orientation, education or disability, feel valued and respected. We are committed to a nondiscriminatory approach and providing equal employment and advancement opportunities. We respect and value diverse life experiences and heritages and work to ensure all voices are valued and heard.

We’re committed to maintaining an inclusive environment with equitable treatment for all.

To provide informed, authentic leadership for cultural equity, Women’s Fund of Greater La Crosse strives to:

  • See diversity, inclusion, and equity as connected to our mission and critical to ensuring the well-being of our staff, volunteers and the communities we serve.
  • Acknowledge and dismantle any inequities within our policies, systems, programs, and services, and continually update and report organization progress.
  • Explore potential underlying, unquestioned assumptions that interfere with inclusiveness.
  • Advocate for and support board-level thinking about how systemic inequities impact our organization’s work and how best to address that in a way that is consistent with our mission.
  • Help to challenge assumptions about what it takes to be a strong leader at our organization and who is well-positioned to provide leadership.
  • Practice and encourage transparent communication in all interactions.
  • Commit time and resources to expand more diverse leadership within our board, staff and committee bodies.
  • Lead with respect and tolerance. We expect all employees to embrace this notion and express it in workplace interactions and everyday practices.

Women’s Fund of Greater La Crosse abides by the following action items to help promote diversity and inclusion in our workplace:

  • Pursue cultural competency throughout our organization by participating in learning opportunities
  • Improve our cultural leadership pipeline by creating and supporting policies that foster leadership that reflects the diversity of our community
  • Ensure our grantmaking process supports underrepresented constituents by connecting with nonprofit organizations committed to diversity and inclusion efforts.
  • Develop a system for being more intentional and conscious of bias during the hiring, promoting, or evaluating process. Train our hiring team on equitable practices.
  • Include a salary range with all public job descriptions.
  • Advocate for public and private-sector policy that promotes diversity, inclusion, and equity. Challenge systems and policies that create inequity, oppression and disparity.

Reproductive Rights are Human Rights

We believe that full reproductive rights are a fundamental human right. The ability to control decisions related to personal reproductive health is crucial to successfully managing one’s own health and destiny.

The freedom to choose whether and when to have children is essential to achieving full gender and racial equality. When women and girls have the power to choose, they have the power to invest in their future and reach their full potential.