REACH Updates Non-Discrimination Policy for Grant Applicants

April 20, 2016  |  Press Releases & Announcements  | Read More


This week, the REACH Foundation will notify grantees of a change in the foundation’s non-discrimination policy requirements for applicants. The REACH Foundation’s Board of Directors adopted a Diversity and Inclusion Policy several years ago that called for the foundation to promote and support diversity and inclusion not only through our organization’s governance and employment policies, but also through our grant making, and policy and advocacy efforts. The foundation’s policy included sexual orientation and gender identity from the start, but we recognized that some of our grantee partners might need time to discuss these requirements in order to adopt changes. Therefore, we allowed for a phased-in approach and worked with organizations that needed assistance with the development of policies that would meet our funding requirements.

For 2017 funding, all grant applications must include a board- or trustee-adopted non-discrimination policy for both employment and service provision that includes race, color, sex, religion, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and any other consideration made unlawful by applicable law. Although gender identity and sexual orientation are not currently protected classes under federal or Kansas and Missouri state law, the Board of the REACH Healthcare Foundation is committed to a broader definition of non-discrimination.

Foundation staff is available to talk with organizations about their agencies’ diversity and inclusion policies, and answer questions about this funding requirement. Members of our program team also are available to facilitate dialogue about health equity, and the role of governance and management of nonprofit and governmental health and human service providers in promoting non-discrimination, diversity and inclusion to improve the health of all people.

If you or your organization’s staff or board members have questions about this funding requirement, please contact William Moore, Ph.D., Vice President of Programs and Evaluation, at 913-432-4196. As always, we welcome your thoughts and conversation regarding this change in requirements.

Thank you for your engagement on this important issue.

Brenda R. Sharpe
President and CEO