Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Our Vision

Arabella strives to be a DEI leader in philanthropy.
We seek and celebrate diversity and value our
colleagues and clients for their unique backgrounds.
Our culture of listening and radical empathy connects
Arabellans and rewards challenging the status quo.
We do this in service of each other, our clients,
and all of our communities.

At Arabella, embracing diversity means learning from one another and our partners in inclusive and equitable ways in order to better achieve our goals as a firm.

As we strive to make philanthropy work better for our clients, we aim to make our workplace one that welcomes both partners and employees, and gives everyone the opportunity to learn, grow, and be challenged.

We invite our employees and clients to be fully themselves, reflecting our individual and collective experiences, backgrounds, characteristics, and influences.

Arabella is a firm that is safe and open to all employees and partners, and respects the full spectrum of races, ethnicities, national origins, ages, sexual orientation, gender identity, beliefs, religions, faiths and ideologies, cultures, socioeconomic backgrounds, and levels of physical ability.

By integrating diversity, equity, and inclusion more fully into the way we work at Arabella, we will benefit from increased learning, creativity, flexibility, and organizational and individual growth.

We will be better able to adapt to changing markets, respond to client and partner needs, and develop more effective business practices, which in turn will lead to greater success as a firm.

Building Inclusion from the Inside-Out: A Brief Case Study

In this piece for the Stanford Social Innovation Review, Arabella explores our ongoing efforts—stumbles and all—to become a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace, in the hopes that others can learn from our experience as they work toward our shared goals.

Read the case study here.

 

Resources

A Checklist for Eliminating Implicit Bias in Grant-Making Practice

Some of philanthropy’s core practices may unwittingly be leading funders to perpetuate the inequities they’re trying to eliminate. In an article originally published by the Stanford Social Innovation Review, we examine how, and share a checklist funders can use to better integrate DEI into their grant making.

 

Inclusion Leaders at Arabella

Our ILA group is a group of Arabellans across levels, departments, and offices who champion diversity, equity, and inclusion at our firm. ILAs are passionate about these issues and are involved in shaping internal culture, client engagements, and the recruitment process. Here’s what they have to say about this work:

“It’s empowering to work with an organization that recognizes historical and systemic inequity, and creates room for people to talk about it. Arabella has become a place with a lot more confidence to confront tough and scary issues. We may not solve the world’s problems, but we are doing our part, and that’s meaningful work.”
– Whitney Wade, Manager, Talent Acquisition & Diversity

“DEI in the workplace is highly beneficial to everyone involved. It leads to improvements in the quality of work, motivation, and creativity of the staff, more diverse perspectives leading to better decision-making, and a more enriched environment overall.”
– Fred Dechow, Senior Accountant

 

Recruiting Partnerships

Arabella Advisors is proud to partner with a variety of national organizations that help us find the best talent for our company and educate our existing workforce.

Our partners include:
National Black MBA Association
Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy
National Society of Hispanic MBAs
ALPFA DC
National Association of Black Accountants

 

2015 Corporate Trailblazer Award

The Washington, DC chapter of the National Black MBA Association selected Arabella’s CEO, Sampriti Ganguli, to receive the 2015 Corporate Trailblazer Award. The award is given to an individual who has demonstrated a sustained record of excellence in promoting diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Arabella is humbled and honored to have been recognized for the efforts of Sampriti and the firm as a whole.