A lack of transparency around how diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) is valued and integrated into a funder’s work can lead to questions about a funder’s commitment to DEI.

Funders need to be transparent about how diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) are valued and integrated internally in order to authentically engage grantees on these issues. Not doing so can lead organizations to question the funder’s commitment to DEI, and the extent to which DEI informs organizational culture and plays into both funding and internal processes.

“They’re not attuned to equity issues, and sometimes come off as dismissive.”

Interviewees mentioned in multiple contexts that GCE did not appear to them to be committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). Organizations questioned whether and how DEI played into the funding process and GCE’s internal practices.

Participants would welcome a more direct and transparent approach to the values of DEI at Luminate. Participants sometimes ascribed frustration with systemic discrimination problems happening in Silicon Valley onto GCE as well, due to their perception that GCE’s approach was aligned with more negative aspects of Silicon Valley’s culture. Some participants even spoke about not bringing up DEI-related issues with GCE, saying that they didn’t think GCE would be able to help or even understand. For these participants, their perception of GCE was of an organization that was heteronormative, white, and male.

Several participants also found it noteworthy that there was no diversity data on the Omidyar Network / GCE website. They also remarked on the fact that the team did not ask for any diversity data during the investment process.

Participants were generally aware that GCE used DEI considerations in their assessment of an organization, but it seems that not all ILs involved grantees in the collection or reporting of that information about the organization.


Transparency is key to fostering an equitable playing field amongst grantees. Transparency ensures that information about funding processes and support are made clear to all, rather than offered through informal channels only to grantees in a position to initiate a discussion or inquiry.


“I’m just not sure they’re the right group to help with [our sensitive DEI issue].”

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