Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Somerset Community Foundation (SCF) is committed to treating all members of the Somerset community fairly, regardless of ethnic origin, sexual orientation, religious belief, background, location, age, ability, or other factors which sometimes give rise to discrimination.

Some groups and communities face inequalities and injustices in the way opportunities and resources are shared in society, and this includes access to charitable grants and support. As we address these barriers and include people with a diverse range of lived and learned experiences, we know our work will be richer and make more of a difference.

SCF advances Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) in accordance with our 2021 – 2025 Strategy and is consistent with our values. Our DEI Policy sets out in more detail how we approach our responsibilities. The meaning of these words to us is as follows:

We committed to improving our performance with respect to DEI in 2020, supported by the creation a new sub-committee focusing on this. Most notably since then, we have:

We recognise that we can be doing so much more to increase our diversity as an organisation, to use our grant-making to support a diverse range of causes and to address inequality within our county. We look forward to sharing our progress with you as this work evolves.


Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Progress Report, published March 2023

Our first progress report highlights what we have done so far and what our next steps will be. It also, for the first time, provides an analysis of who we are. We acknowledge that there is much more we can and must do, and we are inviting comment and feedback on this update. You can view this update as a PDF here.

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