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Supporting ETB

Your Commitment & Contributions Help

The backbone of our work at Expanding the Bench® has always been to create opportunities and pathways for racially and ethnically diverse leaders to apply and spread awareness of the practice of CREE. It’s critical that ETB both expand upon our efforts and lay the groundwork for sustainability as we continue to grow.

Invest in Diversity

By supporting Expanding the Bench, you provide access to 100+ accomplished Evaluators from diverse backgrounds throughout the country

Billions of dollars are spent by philanthropies each year to address challenges in our communities. Turning good intent into desired outcomes requires effective evaluation. Communities where people experience challenges are frequently the focus of study, and yet the Evaluators are rarely representative of the community being studied or have the skills needed to practice culturally responsive and equitable evaluation (CREE).

Supported by a generous group of ETB Funding Partners, Expanding the Bench® (ETB) increases access to and enhances the skills of diverse Evaluators. When we invite historically marginalized and under-supported Evaluators, who practice CREE, we increase the quality of evaluation design, approaches, measurement tools, and other elements in the process, thus increasing the likelihood that funders of evaluation achieve their desired impact.

Financially Back ETB

Since we don’t charge Evaluators who participate in our programs, ETB has created a pricing model that allows supporters to back our work. This funding will allow us to continue to provide our services with room to expand.


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What Your Support Helps Achieve

The most pressing (and expensive) problems are best understood and mitigated if Evaluators apply an equity lens when conducting evaluations. When diverse Evaluators thrive, the field thrives. Cultivating the practice of CREE through ETB leads to comprehensive, effective evaluations.

ETB is one of the few national initiatives building a pathway and inviting excellent Evaluators from historically marginalized and under-supported groups to participate. There is a lack of diversity within philanthropy and many foundations have committed to implementing organizational initiatives to diversify their internal strategies and practices. Because Funders of Evaluation often commission familiar Evaluators, ETB connects funders to racially and ethnically diverse Evaluators with whom they otherwise may not have access.

Funders should turn the mirror inward and focus on how to become more deliberate about addressing the low levels of ethno-racial diversity within the field. Philanthropic leaders who engage in Expanding the Bench are actively confronting this issue head-on by committing to open doors for more people of color.
Jackie Williams Kaye Wellspring Philanthropic Fund, ETB Funding Partner
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Learn more about everything that ETB does and how it’s creating a more equitable field.

Leadership Development

Train emerging Evaluators from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds to lead evaluation through the practice of CREE.

Community Building

Provide opportunities for racially and ethnically diverse Evaluators to build connections and engage in professional development. We offer virtual networking sessions, Communities of Practice on topics of interest, professional development, and in-person networking opportunities.

Shared Vision

Join the generous group of ETB Funding Partners who have supported ETB. Together, with other allies, we are contributing to a field-building movement to impact the way evaluation is practiced and commissioned and used.

Recruiting for Cohort 4 LEEAD Practicum Sites

Leaders in Equitable Evaluation and Diversity (LEEAD) establishes partnerships with evaluation firms, foundations, think tanks, universities, and non-profit agencies that are committed to advancing racial and ethnic inclusion in their workforce. By serving as a virtual Practicum Site, you provide Scholars an opportunity to apply culturally responsive and equitable evaluation (CREE) knowledge in a real-world setting.