Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

 

Our DEI Policy

Family Giving Tree (FGT) is committed to supporting, cultivating, and maintaining a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Our employees are one of the most valuable assets we have. The individual differences, life experiences, knowledge, inventiveness, innovation, self-expression, unique capabilities, and talent that our employees invest in their work represent a significant part of not only our culture, but our credibility to do good work for our
community.

We embrace and support our employees’ differences in age, color, disability, ethnicity, family or marital status, gender identity or expression, language, national origin, physical and mental ability, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, veteran status, and other characteristics that make each ofDEI Committee Logoour employees unique.

FGT’s diversity initiatives are applicable, but not limited to, our practices and policies on recruitment and selection, compensation and benefits, professional development and training, promotions, transfers, social events and programs, layoffs, terminations; and the continuous support of a diverse work environment that
requires and enforces:
• Respectful communication and cooperation between all employees at all times.
• Teamwork, employee participation, and inclusiveness permitting the representation of all groups and employee perspectives.
• Employer and employee engagement in learning, educating, and contributing to the communities we serve to promote empathy, understanding, and respect for their diverse makeups and needs.

All employees of FGT are required to treat others with dignity and respect at all times. All employees are expected to exhibit conduct that reflects inclusion during work, at work functions on or off the worksite, and at all other company-sponsored programs and events. 

Our DEI Statement 

We are one people with one family. We all live in the same house… and through books, through information, we must find a way to say to people that we must lay down the burden of hate. For hate is too heavy a burden to bear.” —Congressman John Lewis

Every day for 30 years, we have worked to improve the lives of children from low–income families in our small corner of this vast planet. While a wished-for holiday gift or a brand new backpack filled with school supplies may not seem like much in the grand scheme of things, it means the world to a child who has next to nothing or lives under the weight of racism. These simple offerings instill hope and bring joy; they let them dream. Perhaps one of these young dreamers will make all the difference for countless of us someday. Maybe they will change the world profoundly. Or live a quiet life helping others. Family Giving Tree is committed to giving every child that chance. Our programs show them they matter—and their community cares—regardless of where they came from, who they are, or their skin color.

John Lewis was one such child. Born a sharecropper’s son, he carried the burden yet rose to become a civil rights activist and leader, author, and statesman. He continued to dream and became the voice of his generation—and this nation—for equal rights. His own words say it best, and we should listen: “Do not get lost in a sea of despair. Be hopeful. Be optimistic.”

Recent issues of race and inclusion have rocked our society and remind us that everyone has the potential to make a difference and should have the opportunity to do so, regardless of race, ethnicity, or social standing. Yet too often the powerless, those who need our help the most, are the ones whose voices resound the least. Voices are silenced by neglect, distrust, suppression, and in some cases, even hatred.

Each person who experiences racial injustice—no matter what form, started life in the same hopeful place we all do—as children. We all can recall the look on a child's face when they learn something new or anticipate something special; when they strive to overcome and succeed; when they delight in the unexpected. It melts our hearts, makes us smile, and gives us hope for our future. Yet we also witness how inequality and the resulting poverty and lack of access to educational or essential resources quickly tarnishes joy, represses hope, and closes the door to possibilities. We will continue to stand against these dominant forces.

The Family Giving Tree envisions a world where simple acts of giving and personal generosity bring joy, offer hope, and open possibilities. It's how we strive to bring about a better world, one child—one person, at a time.

We will continue to look forward to and work toward a world where doors are open to all. With unwavering hope, we anticipate a better society while recognizing the precious lives lost and dreams unrealized.

Jenn Cullenbine Founder and CEO signature

Jennifer Cullenbine
Founder & CEO